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No Man's Land: Jamaican Guestworkers in America and the Global History of Deportable Labor

Cindy Hahamovitch


From South Africa in the nineteenth century to Hong Kong today, nations around the world, including the United States, have turned to guestworker programs to manage migration. These temporary labor recruitment systems represented a state-brokered compromise between employers who wanted foreign workers and those who feared rising numbers of immigrants. Unlike immigrants, guestworkers could not settle, bring their families, or become citizens, and they had few rights. Indeed, instead of creating a manageable form of migration, guestworker programs created an especially vulnerable class of labor. ... More

Keywords: guestworker program, migration, labor recruitment, foreign workers, immigrants, Jamaican guestworkers, H2 program, labor migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691102689
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691102689.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cindy Hahamovitch, author
College of William and Mary