Richard D. Vogel is a political reporter who monitors the effects of neoliberal globalization on working people and their communities. He is the author of “Transient Servitude: The U.S. Guest Worker Program for Exploiting Mexican and Central American Workers” and “The NAFTA Corridors: Offshoring U.S. Transportation Jobs to Mexico”, both published by Monthly Review.
TRANSIENT SERVITUDE AND WORK IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Article first published online: 5 SEP 2011
© The Authors. WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society © 2011 Immanuel Ness and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 14, Issue 3, pages 393–409, September 2011
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Vogel, R. D. (2011), TRANSIENT SERVITUDE AND WORK IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. WorkingUSA, 14: 393–409. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-4580.2011.00347.x
- Issue published online: 5 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 5 SEP 2011
This article focuses on the dilemma that labor finds itself in at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Working people everywhere have been undermined by neoliberal labor policy which has been aimed at managing labor migration. Workers in labor-sending countries often face the choice of working in the informal economy of their own country or of submitting to conditions of transient servitude in a developed nation, while citizen-workers in labor-receiving countries have to compete with a reserve service and industrial workforce maintained by a regulated flow of temporary migrant labor that has no prospect of citizenship in the host country.