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The Border and Its Bodies examines the impact of migration from Central America and México to the United States on the most basic social unit possible: the human body. It explores the terrible toll migration takes on the bodies of migrants—those who cross the border and those who die along the way—and discusses the treatment of those bodies after their remains are discovered in the desert.

The increasingly militarized U.S.-México border is an intensely physical place, affecting the bodies of all who encounter it. The essays in this volume explore how crossing becomes embodied in individuals, how that embodiment transcends the crossing of the line, and how it varies depending on subject positions and identity categories, especially race, class, and citizenship.

Timely and wide-ranging, this book brings into focus the traumatic and real impact the border can have on those who attempt to cross it, and it offers new perspectives on the effects for rural communities and ranchers. An intimate and profoundly human look at migration, The Border and Its Bodies reminds us of the elemental fact that the border touches us all.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Series, Title, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction. The Border and Its Bodies: The Embodiment of Risk Along the U.S.-México Line
  2. Thomas E. Sheridan and Randall H. McGuire
  3. pp. 3-40
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  1. 1. Crossing la Línea: Bodily Encounters with the U.S.-México Border in Ambos Nogales
  2. Randall H. McGuire and Ruth M. Van Dyke
  3. pp. 41-70
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  1. 2. Seeking Safety, Met with Violence: Mayan Women’s Entanglements with Violence, Impunity, and Asylum
  2. Linda Green
  3. pp. 71-98
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  1. 3. “Como Me Duele”: Undocumented Central AmericanBodies in Motion
  2. Jason De León
  3. pp. 99-123
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  1. 4. Singing Along “Like a Mexican”: Embodied Rhythms in Mexican Narco-Music
  2. Shaylih Muehlmann
  3. pp. 124-143
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  1. 5. Necroviolence and Postmortem Care Along the U.S.-México Border
  2. Robin Reineke
  3. pp. 144-172
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  1. 6. Etched in Bone: Embodied Suffering in the Remains of Undocumented Migrants
  2. Angela Soler, Robin Reineke, Jared Beatrice, and Bruce E. Anderson
  3. pp. 173-207
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  1. 7. Bodily Imprints of Suffering: How Mexican Immigrants Link Their Sickness to Emotional Trauma
  2. Rebecca Crocker
  3. pp. 208-236
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  1. 8. Narrating Migrant Bodies: Undocumented Children in California’s “Little Arizona”
  2. Olivia T. Ruiz Marrujo
  3. pp. 237-261
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  1. 9. “War Stories” and White Shoes: Field Notes from Rural Life in the Borderlands, 2007–2012
  2. David Seibert
  3. pp. 262-282
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 283-288
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  1. Index
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  1. Series List
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816541669
Related ISBN
9780816539475
MARC Record
OCLC
1122168204
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-07
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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