Journal of Futures Studies

Borderless Industrial Denizenship: A Transformative Space for the Creation of Alternative Futures in Global Economic Migration

by Giovanni Di Lieto

Abstract

Historically, the concept of labour started as an objective basis of value and evolved into a notion
of subjective economic utility. This article proposes an open-border labour process to be initiated in
connection with the broader trade liberalisation trend. This would thoroughly restructure the current
concept of labour as a mere immobile input into the production of goods and services. In the proposed
model of borderless industrial denizenship, labour movement would eventually be freed from the
nation-state border constraints that undermine the enforcement of labour and other related human
rights standards. A causal layered analysis maps the theoretical framework shift from a hard-bordered
model of labour migration to a soft-bordered one.

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