Access of Highly-Skilled Migrants to Transnational Labor Markets: Is Class Formation Transcending National Divides?

  • Anja Weiß
  • Samuel N.-A. Mensah
Part of the Frontiers of Globalization Series book series (FOG)


In times of globalization nation-states must be understood in the context of transnational and global networks (Castells 2000), and global flows of finance and of people must become part of sociological analyses (Albrow 1997; Urry 2000).1 This has implications for the concept of class which traditionally has been framed by the nation state and national politics (Beck 2007). In particular, an increased effort is necessary for understanding the class position of persons who are embedded in more than one nation-state or who do not have access to the protection of a strong state. Those living under conditions of graduated sovereignty (Ong 1999), ethnic and racial minorities as well as migrants are situated in (several) states but also in transnational labor markets and social networks, and this has implications for concepts of their class position.


Labor Market Social Capital International Migration Class Formation Cultural Capital 
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