(Global) Capitalism and Immigrant Workers in Gary Paulsen's <em>Lawn Boy</em>: Naturalization of Exploitation
Exploitable migrant labour is one of the key organizational features of contemporary capital accumulation. Migrants' underpaid work makes a significant contribution to the affluence of Western receiving societies, keeping them economically prosperous. The article addresses the mechanisms of representation by means of which mainstream children's literature mystifies exploitative socio-economic relations affecting immigrant workers, which in turn leads to the naturalization of structural inequalities and hierarchically organized constructs of identity. Specifically, the article examines the ways in which exploitative labour practices in relation to migrant workers are effectively papered over and justified in Gary Paulsen's novel Lawn Boy.