Transnational Emotions, Transnational Organizing for Migrant Justice

Migration and Late Capitalism Conference, University of Victoria, Coast Salish, (Victoria-BC)
Jun 11-13, 2015
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Paper Abstract:

Emotion is increasingly finding itself in the literature of migrant work, primarily in domestic and sex work. However it has not infused the literature on Temporary Foreign Worker Programs in Canada beyond the Live-in-Caregiver Program.  This presentation focuses on Mexican migrant farmworkers of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program and the affective dimensions of their transnational lives in/between Canada and Mexico. Migrant men and women are constantly managing their emotions and asserting love and care across and within borders and in ways that are determined by the global economy, immigration and labour policies.  Oftentimes they are pushed to the very edges of themselves not only physically with demanding agricultural work but also emotionally due to their precarious transnational lives, fragmented families and spatially dispersed attachments.  From the affective of their lives we can take cues to what is being called upon by transnational migrant justice organizers and allies. It is in the frontiers of the affective where we stand to be the most transformed and fueled for migrant justice and status for all (as human beings and global citizens) in the current juncture of late capitalism. Insights of this paper are based on extensive community organizing in rural Canada and rural Mexico and part of interdisciplinary doctoral research. 

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