Migration, Temporality, and Capitalism

Entangled Mobilities across Global Spaces

  • Pauline Gardiner Barber
  • Winnie Lem

About this book


Bringing together a range of illustrative case studies coupled with fresh theoretical insights, this volume is one of the first to address the complexities and contradictions in the relationship between migration, time, and capitalism. While temporal reckoning has long fascinated anthropologists, few studies have sought to confront how capitalism fetishizes time in the production of global inequalities—historically and in the contemporary world. As it explores how the agendas of capitalism condition migration in Europe, North America, and Oceania, this collection also examines temporality as a feature of migrants’ experiences to ultimately provide a theoretically robust and ethnographically informed investigation of migration and temporality within a framework defined by the political economy of capitalism.  


capitalism neoliberalism migration temporal scales spatial mobilities temporal forces capitalist transformation capital accumulation global inequalities political economy refugees displaced persons dispossession temporal designation global labor ethnographic disposable workers deportees citizenship

Editors and affiliations

  • Pauline Gardiner Barber
    • 1
  • Winnie Lem
    • 2
  1. 1.Dalhousie UniversityHalifax, NSCanada
  2. 2.Champlain CollegeTrent UniversityToronto, ONCanada

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