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Restructuring the Workplace: Understanding Undocumented Labor Employment Through Structuration Theory

Sat, May 27, 11:00 to 12:15, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Floor: 3, Aqua 300AB


With over 8.1 million undocumented workers currently residing in the U.S., there has been a shift in organizational hiring processes with the influx of this new labor force. This paper utilizes structuration theory (Banks & Riley, 1993; Giddens, 1984) to examine the motivations that organizations consider when hiring unauthorized labor. Through an inductive qualitative approach, organizational stakeholders at three small, family-owned businesses, in South Texas will be interviewed to understand motivations for employing undocumented workers. This study argues that these practices of hiring undocumented labor are re-structuring organizational dynamics and enabling companies to engage socio-politically within the context of immigration climate in contemporary U.S. politics.


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