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The Mobility of Labor and Capital : A Study in International Investment and Labor Flow - Saskia Sassen

The Mobility of Labor and Capital

A Study in International Investment and Labor Flow

Paperback Published: 3rd September 1990
ISBN: 9780521386722
Number Of Pages: 240

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This examination of the specific conditions under which the internationalization of production contributes to the formation and directionality of labor migration will generate a new understanding of the processes of international migration.

'Any author aspiring to say something new on the subject of migration faces great competition. Classic studies by Max Weber and W. I. Thomas have plowed this furrow. Social scientists from around the world have had a go at it ... In this short and densely written volume, Saskia Sassen succeeds at the all important challenge: she develops a new idea.' American Journal of Sociology 'This is without doubt one of the most thought-provoking books on international migration to be published in recent years ... The theorizing contained in this book is made all the more interesting because it is accompanied by much empirical detail.' Environment and Planning 'This book probes an interesting set of problems and, by challenging conventional ideas, will stimulate further research.' Journal of Economic History 'In a major contribution, Sassen uses a detailed case study of US economic evolution, 1960-1985, to illustrate the integral links between investment flows, both foreign and domestic, and the influx of migrant labor ... The richest recent case study ...' World Development '... quite simply the most important writing being produced by any scholar in the US today on the subject of the 'new immigration". Professor Bennett Harrison, Massachusetts Institute of Technology '... probably the best book in the field that I have knowledge of in many years. Professor Sassen is one of the most innovative researchers in the area of urban political economy'. Professor Manuel Castells, University of California, Berkeley '... an intelligent combination of theorizing and relevant data which is the mark of a good book'. State University of New York, Binghamton

List of tablesp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. 1
The classics: over population, poverty, economic stagnationp. 4
A domestic or an international issue?p. 6
Outline of the bookp. 9
Foreign investment: a neglected variablep. 12
The growth of direct foreign investment and the uprooting of peoplep. 17
The rise of global cities and the new labor demandp. 21
The use of foreign workersp. 26
Historical backgroundp. 27
Migration as a global labor supply systemp. 31
The state and immigrationp. 36
Contemporary trendsp. 43
Conclusionp. 52
The new immigrationp. 55
Background: formation of the low-wage labor supplyp. 56
A new phase in U.S. immigrationp. 62
Immigrant workers: basic characteristicsp. 68
Undocumented alien workersp. 79
Non-immigrant alien workersp. 82
Conclusionp. 83
Appendixp. 85
The globalization of production: implications for labor migrationp. 94
Industrialization and emigrationp. 95
Foreign investment as a migration push factorp. 98
Employment implications of new growth patternsp. 105
The feminization of the new industrial workforcep. 107
The migration optionp. 115
Conclusionp. 119
Appendixp. 121
The rise of global cities and the new labor demandp. 126
Centralizing global management and servicingp. 130
Capital: the production of global control capabilityp. 136
Labor: economic restructuring as class polarizationp. 141
New York City and Los Angeles: restructured economy and new labor demandp. 146
Advanced services, downgraded manufacturing, and informalizationp. 151
Conclusionp. 168
The reconcentration of capital in the United States: a new investment zone?p. 171
Elements for change in the spatial distribution of investmentp. 173
Direct foreign investment in the United Statesp. 177
Conclusionp. 184
Conclusionp. 186
Notesp. 189
Referencesp. 202
Indexp. 221
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ISBN: 9780521386722
ISBN-10: 0521386721
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 3rd September 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3