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Guest Workers and Resistance to U.S. Corporate Despotism$
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Immanuel Ness

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036279

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036279.001.0001

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Guest Workers of the World

Guest Workers of the World

(p.1) Introduction Guest Workers of the World
Guest Workers and Resistance to U.S. Corporate Despotism

Immanuel Ness

University of Illinois Press

This introductory chapter lays out the major themes to be explored in this book, and positions guest workers (as opposed to undocumented migrant workers) at the center of discussion. Ineffectual regulatory policies have bifurcated migrant workers into two groups—undocumented laborers and guest workers. Focusing on guest workers rather than on undocumented laborers foreshadows the potential prospects and pitfalls of the program for foreign workers as well as U.S. nationals, and the potential influence of such a program on the broader labor movement and working class. Moreover, the chapter focuses the U.S. as the world's leading recipient of foreign workers in order to briefly examine the intersection between labor, capital, and government policies in advancing corporate profits.

Keywords:   migrant workers, guest workers, undocumented workers, foreign workers, U.S. working class, migration policies, corporate repression, worker resistance

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