Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Suzan Ilcan


Social sciences



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Contemporary society is moving increasingly toward relations characterized by international arrangement and organization. This analysis of the forms of governance surrounding migrant workers has incorporated an examination of the implications and effects of such associations through the theoretical framework of global governmentality. Through an assessment of Jamaican labourers through the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, the author asserts that the potential for autonomous decision-making and self-directed action is diminished by the implementation of policies, procedures and practices. It is illustrated through interviews, program documents and materials, and related literature that these forms of rule have been employed for the purposes of prescribing proper conduct, and ordering social and economic relations. The effects of such a dynamic have the result of maintaining a system of global governance secured by public service agents and private interests that have the objective of ordering behavior and directing conduct of a group considered unfit for self-government.