Labor, Class, and the International System

Labor, Class, and the International System

1st Edition - July 28, 1981

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  • Authors: Alejandro Portes, John Walton
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483263311

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Labor, Class, and the International System explores the interface between the labor process, class structure, and the global requirements of accumulation as a necessary complement to the analysis of capital and dominant institutions and focus on this interaction to clarify some of the apparent contradictions and bring the general models in line with empirical reality. The book provides analysis of concepts and hypotheses derived from general theory with available empirical knowledge on each particular topic. Each chapter addresses problem areas namely, international migration; pre-capitalist modes of production and the reproduction of the urban labor force; and dominant ideologies of inequality and class structure. Sociologists, political scientists, economists, researchers, and students of international studies will find the book very interesting and insightful.

Table of Contents

  • Contents


    1 Introduction

    The World-System Perspective

    Subprocesses in the World-System

    A Research Agenda

    2 International Migration: Conditions for the Mobilization and Use of Migrant Labor under World Capitalism


    Early Labor Migrations

    Theoretical Perspectives: A Critique

    Inducement to Migration

    The Release and Transportation of Migrant Labor

    Conditions for the Use of Migrant Labor

    Network Building: The Microstructures of Migration


    3 Unequal Exchange and the Urban Informal Sector


    Theoretical Review


    Hyper-urbanization and the Informal Sector

    The Informal Sector and Peripheral Accumulation

    Reproduction of the Working Class

    Constraints on the Expansion of the Working Class


    4 Ideologies of Inequality and Their Transformation in the Periphery: The Case of Latin America







    5 The Internationalization of Capital and Class Structures in the Advanced Countries: The United States Case


    Aspects of the Internationalization of Capital

    Consequences of the Internationalization of Capital for Domestic Labor, Capital, and National Income

    Institutional Consequences of the Internationalization of Capital

    The Changing Structure of Social Class


    6 Conclusion



Product details

  • No. of pages: 244
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1981
  • Published: July 28, 1981
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483263311

About the Authors

Alejandro Portes

John Walton

About the Editors

Charles Tilly

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Michigan, U.S.A.

Edward Shorter

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Toronto, Canada

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