Global Capital: The Case of It Workers in a Transnational Space
Since IT professionals are highly requested in the Global North as well as in the Global South, moving between countries is a constant possibility. Whether skilled migrants find adequate occupation in the country of arrival depends on their ability to negotiate their domestically acquired capital under new institutional frameworks. The IT sector presents an exceptional case of study since it is very flexible and deregulated in terms of credentials and institutionalized entry barriers. Thus, IT workers can be seen as the prototype of the global knowledge worker. The capital they possess is valued beyond the national-state borders reaching transnational spaces where symbolic analysts can use their problem-solving abilities at their best.
The paper presents findings based on narrative interviews with IT workers in two countries: Germany and Chile. Using a transnational comparative design and showing IT professional immigrants’ trajectories in these two countries, national and transnational values of capital will emerge as a central aspect to discuss and understand the transformation of labor in our globalized world.