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Borders of Class: Migration and Citizenship in the Capitalist State

Ypi, Lea


In many recent debates on the political theory of immigration, conflicts between immigrants and citizens of host societies are explored along identity lines. In this essay, I defend the relevance of social class. I focus on two types of conflict—distributive and cultural—and show how class boundaries play a crucial role in each. In contrast to both defenders and critics of freedom of movement, I argue that borders have always been (and will continue to be) open for some and closed for others....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Ethics and International Affairs
DOI: 10.1017/S0892679418000278


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