Immigration under Capitalism
The authors of Immigrant Workers begin by observing that ‘The race relations approach has dominated research on immigration in Britain’.  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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