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About Bridget Anderson

Bridget Anderson is Professor of Mobilities, Migration and Citizenship at the University of Bristol. She was previously Research Director at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Us and Them: the Dangerous Politics of Immigration Controls and Doing the dirty work? The global politics of domestic labour. Professor Anderson is particularly interested in citizenship, nationalism, immigration enforcement (including ‘trafficking’), low waged labour, migration, and the state. She has worked closely with migrants' organisations, trades unions and legal practitioners at the local, national and international levels.

Articles by Bridget Anderson

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Entender el contexto interpersonal y estructural del trabajo del hogar

La relación entre las trabajadoras del hogar y quienes las emplean puede ser difícil; pero no tiene por qué serlo. English

Migrants before the Permanent People’s Tribunal in Barcelona

The harrowing stories of migrants sorted and separated by walls and racism finally get a hearing in Barcelona.

Understanding the interpersonal and the structural context of domestic work

Domestic employer-worker relationships can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  Español

Rescuing the market? Comparing Agustin’s ‘Sex at the margins’ and Bales’ ‘Understanding global slavery’

‘Sex at the margins’ and ‘Understanding global slavery’ are, on the surface, markedly different treatments of modern trafficking. However, their common undercurrent is their defence of the market and neoliberal agendas.

Extreme exploitation is not a problem of human nature

Extreme exploitation is a structural problem, not a problem of human nature. Unless we deal with the ‘root causes’, which I locate in inequality, then it will continue. And global inequalities are growing.

Migration: controlling the unsettled poor

Examining the way in which first rulers, and then the state, have coerced the poor in England into mobility and immobility, offers opportunities for developing a new politics of migration, says Bridget Anderson

Britain’s growing reliance on migrant labour: inevitability or policy choice?

What drives Britain’s increasing reliance on migrant workers? Public policies have often incentivised – and in some cases left little choice for – individual employers to respond to shortages through the employment of migrant workers, say Martin Ruhs and Bridget Anderson

Foreigners: victims or villains?- a political debate

When it comes to the salami slicing around which foreigners are deserving and which not, the moral high ground is a treacherous terrain. What is needed is less rhetoric and far more politics.

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