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New Left Review I/80, July-August 1973


Tom Nairn

Immigration under Capitalism

The authors of Immigrant Workers begin by observing that ‘The race relations approach has dominated research on immigration in Britain’. [1] Immigrant Workers and Class Structure in Western Europe, by Stephen Castles and Godula Kosack, Oxford University Press and the Institute of Race Relations, 1973, £5·50. This approach has been mainly liberal in outlook, and frequently followed American models; ‘few British social scientists have paid any attention to . . . immigrants in the far closer countries of continental Western Europe’ (p. 2), and fewer still have looked at the question in a Marxist perspective. In a recent survey for example, Michael Mann’s Consciousness and Action Among the Western Working Class (1973), the problem is confined to one footnote.

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