This edited collection focuses on global migration in its inter-regional, international and transnational variants, and argues that contemporary migration scholarship is significantly advanced both within anthropology and beyond it when ethnography is theoretically engaged to grapple with the social consequences and asymmetries of twenty-first century capitalism’s global modalities. Drawn from settings across the globe, case studies explore the nuanced formations of class and power within particular migration flows while addressing the complex analytics of a contemporary critical political economy of migration. Subjects include global migrants as capitalists, entrepreneurs and "cosmopolitans," as well as workers and immigrants who are subject to varying degrees of precariousness under intensified competition for profits within contemporary global economies. By re-addressing the question of the relationship between changes in global capitalism and migration, the book aims for a timely intervention into the debates on migration which have come to be one of the most contentious emotionally fraught issues in North America and Europe.

part |72 pages


chapter |21 pages

Panoptics of Political Economy

Anthropology and Migration

chapter |26 pages

Migration and Development without Methodological Nationalism

Towards Global Perspectives on Migration 1

chapter |23 pages

Theorizing Transnational Movement in the Current Conjuncture

Examples from/of/in the Asia Pacific

part |155 pages


chapter |20 pages

With Crossings in My Mind 1

Trinidad's Multiple Migration Flows, Policy, and Agency

chapter |23 pages

Selecting, Competing, and Performing as ‘Ideal Migrants'

Mexican and Jamaican Farmworkers in Canada

chapter |21 pages

In Search of Hope

Mobility and Citizenships on the Canadian Frontier

chapter |22 pages

Constructing a “Perfect” Wall

Race, Class, and Citizenship in US-Mexico Border Policing 1

chapter |21 pages

The Aftermath of a Rape Case

The Politics of Migrants' Unequal Incorporation in Neoliberal Times

chapter |21 pages

“Value Plus Plus”

Housewifization and History in Philippine Care Migration