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Classifying the “ideal migrant worker”

Mexican and Jamaican transnational farmworkers in Canada

Janet McLaughlin

This article analyzes the ideology and practice of multi-unit competition that pervades neoliberal subjectivities and produces the “ideal” flexible worker within contemporary global capitalism. It demonstrates how state and capitalist interests converge to influence the selection of the ideal transnational migrant worker, how prospective migrants adapt to these expectations, and the consequences of such enactments, particularly for migrants, but also for the societies in which they live and work. Multiple levels of actors—employers, state bureaucrats, and migrants themselves—collude in producing the flexible, subaltern citizen, which includes constructions and relations of class, race, gender, and nationality/citizenship. The case study focuses on Mexican and Jamaican participants in Canada's Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, a managed migration program that legally employs circular migrant farmworkers from Mexico and several English-speaking Caribbean countries in Canadian agriculture.

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Smart Girl Identity

Possibilities and Implications

Bernice Loh

chapter, Raby and Pomerantz flesh out two key concepts of post-feminism and neoliberal subjectivity that they suggest frame the common narrative that being smart is a viable and easily achievable route for all girls. According to them, “post

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Dayna Prest

neoliberal subjectivity are imbricated in learning to write, and how the affective responses to the constraints and possibilities of what it means to write are experienced differently for young women who are positioned differently by race, class, and

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Guiding Girls

Neoliberal Governance and Government Educational Resource Manuals in Canada

Lisa Smith and Stephanie Paterson

demonstrating a transformation from purely regulatory mechanisms toward capacity building tools that are consistent with neoliberal subjectivity. At the same time, however, they reflect the neoliberal tendency to individualize and responsibilize citizens rather

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The Pandemic of Productivity

The Work of Home and the Work from Home

Suchismita Chattopadhyay

institutions that help bridge social hierarchies and inequities. The polemics of productivity are in fact the best illustrations of the hegemonic neoliberal subjectivity. The scramble for being productive in the lockdown age also betrays a deeper sense of

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Contemporary Girls Studies

Reflections on the Inaugural International Girls Studies Association Conference

Victoria Cann, Sarah Godfrey, and Helen Warner

“resurgence of interest in class across disciplines” (4), this does not seem to have been taken up by girls studies. Cann argued that it is the dominance of neoliberal subjectivities that render class subjectivities invisible. It follows, in terms of the

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Enacting Citizenship

A Case Study of a Syrian Refugee Protest in Germany

Lucia Volk

platforms on which mobilisations for rights can take place. Because neoliberal logics demand that money circulate unimpeded within and across borders, clear distinctions between citizens and non-citizens have become blurred in favour of shared neoliberal

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Bringing the state back in

Corporate social responsibility and the paradoxes of Norwegian state capitalism in the international energy sector

Ståle Knudsen, Dinah Rajak, Siri Lange, and Isabelle Hugøy

everything” and inculcation of “neoliberal subjectivities.” This is a simplified articulation of Foucault's nuanced and historically situated understanding of neoliberalism. A closer reading of his lectures reveals that he did not think that there was only