Explores Canada’s temporary worker programs from the perspective of a transnational employment strain approach
Develops several arguments about the role of migrant labor enduring precarious housing, work, and community conditions
Argues that lethal health and social outcomes during COVID were due to structural vulnerabilities in place pre-pandemic
Part of the book series: Politics of Citizenship and Migration (POCM)
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Table of contents (5 chapters)
About this book
This book explores the dynamics behind the pandemic’s deleterious outcomes for this vital group of workers, highlighting migrant farmworkers importance to the Canadian economy, society, and the world of work alongside the conditions they endured before and during the global health pandemic through policy and media analysis and open-ended interviews with workers enrolled in two streams of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) as well as migrants without legal status employed in agriculture located in Ontario and Quebec. Advancing the notion of transnational employment strain, the authors derive insight from the employment strain model, a framework for understanding risks to the physical and psychological well-being of workers, and expand it to account for migrants’ relationships across transnational space.
- migrant labor
- SDG 10
- UN global goals
- transnational employment strain
- migrant farmworkers
- migration studies
“In this concise and original book, Vosko, Basok, and Spring offer a rich analysis of the first-hand experiences of migrant farmworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada – and, convincingly, make the direct link between these experiences of hardship and the structural vulnerabilities that existed pre-COVID. This book is an important contribution to the labour migration scholarship.”(Adam Perry, Assistant Professor, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada)
“This book adopts a multiple method approach to highlight the insufficiency of policy interventions in producing meaningful protections for essential migrant farmworkers. While employment demands increased for them, employment resources remained limited and their employment strains increased. The authors also discuss several important policy interventions that could ameliorate the farmworkers situation. This book offers a novel vision interesting for further discussions and research.” (Gustavo Verduzco Igartúa, Professor-Researcher, El Colegio de México)
Authors and Affiliations
York University, Toronto, Canada
Leah F. Vosko, Cynthia Spring
University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada
About the authors
Leah F. Vosko is Professor of Political Science and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at York University, Canada.
Tanya Basok is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Windsor, Canada.
Cynthia Spring is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at York University, Canada.
Book Title: Transnational Employment Strain in a Global Health Pandemic
Book Subtitle: Migrant Farmworkers in Canada
Authors: Leah F. Vosko, Tanya Basok, Cynthia Spring
Series Title: Politics of Citizenship and Migration
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
Copyright Information: The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-17703-3Published: 02 January 2023
eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-17704-0Published: 01 January 2023
Series ISSN: 2520-8896
Series E-ISSN: 2520-890X
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XVII, 157
Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour