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Cross-border labour exploitation in Europe

Dr. Norbert Cyrus

Seminar: MASS: Migration, Ethnizität, Ethnozentrismus / Politik und Kultur
3/6/9 ECTS
Di, 14:15 - 15:45 Uhr
Ort: AM 203
Veranstaltungsbeginn: 15.10.2019

The issue of labour exploitation gained increasing attention in the last two decades, in particular with a focus on migrant workers.Recently, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) published a report indicating a large scale of severe labour exploitation and thenecessity to protect the rights of migrant worker. However, the FRA report points out that the legal and institutional frameworkat European and national level is insufficient and even harms migrant workers. Against the background of a renaissance oflabour exploitation, the course introduces classical and current concepts of exploitation with a focus on contributions from socialand cultural anthropology. How can labour exploitation continue and even prosper in spite of official condemnation and bolddeclarations to eradicate all forms of unfree labour? Which part have officials, employers and workers in reproducing labourexploitation? When and for whom does employment becomes unfair and exploitative?

Literatur: Calvão, Filipe, Unfree Labor (2016). Annual Review of Anthropology, Vol. 45. 451-467; Scott, Sam (2017), Labour Exploitation and Work-based Harm. Policy Press, Bristol. Lewis, Hanna et al. (2015) Hyper precarious lives: Migrants, work andforced labour in the Global North, in: Progress in Human Geography 39 (5): 580-600); FRA (EU Fundamental Rights Agency)(2015) Severe Labour Exploitation, Vienna: EU Fundamental Rights Agency. A complete list of references will be introduced at thebeginning of the semester. Further literarture will be introduced at the beginning of the term.

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen: Regular and active participation. Participation requires the confirmation of an email inquiry to

Leistungsnachweise: 3 ECTS: Presentation of a text | 6 ECTS: term paper (12-15 pages) | 9 ECTS: term paper (20-25 pages).

Sprache: Englisch