Capitalism and Migration: Afterthoughts on Segmented Labor Forces, Indigenous Migration, and Breakouts from The Periphery

Spring 2024 CMD Colloquium Series
Mar 28, 2024, 12:00 pm1:15 pm



Event Description

About the Talk:

Catholic revenues paid in wool in Europe led to segmented labor forces creating prosperous capitalist woolen production in Florence 100 to 200 years before the rise of Protestantism. Voluntary and forced migration has facilitated capitalist development since the long-sixteenth century, and in the present era this association continues with the unauthorized migration of indigenous populations seeking work in the United States. Fieldwork finds that indigenous identity has both advantages and disadvantages for the migration and labor force incorporation of these migrants. Originating in previously colonized areas of the world-system, large numbers of migrants and asylum-seekers undertake autonomous migration today in caravans and individually to break out of poverty and danger and find survival in advanced countries.


About the Speaker:

Néstor Rodríguez has conducted international research in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador, and has traveled and lectured in China and Japan. His present research focuses on Guatemalan migration, U.S. deportations to Mexico and Central America, the unauthorized migration of unaccompanied minors, evolving relations between Latinos and African Americans/Asian Americans, and ethical and human rights issues of border enforcement.

  • Program in Latino/a Studies (LAO)
  • Effron Center for the Study of America