In Labor Movement, Bauder attacks the conventional view of international migration as a function of spatial economic inequalities, and shows that social, cultural, legal and institutional processes, rather than the invisible hand of the market, shape migration patterns and labor market outcomes. In empirical case studies from North America and Europe, Bauder applies his theoretical ideas to a variety of geographical contexts. The studies illustrate how different legal, social, and cultural strategies towards international migrants are deployed and coordinated, and how this complex web of regulatory labor market processes relates to international migration. Bauder also integrates social, cultural and economic forms of capital, and includes citizenship as a form of cultural or institutional capital for migrants, a welcome and novel contribution to social scientists' methods of examining immigration and labor markets.

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