The Border and Its Bodies
The Embodiment of Risk Along the U.S.-México Line
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.
—Tony Payan, co-editor of Undecided Nation:Political Gridlock and the Immigration Crisis
“The Border and Its Bodies is a timely exploration of how the lives of migrants and residents on both sides of the U.S.-México line are shaped by the enforcement of militarized border policies.”—Dawn Paley, author of Drug War Capitalism
"The Border and Its Bodies is a remarkably cohesive collection. ... the articles within this book are very clear, making it a suitable text for a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes that address issues related to migration, borderlands, or public policy."—Linda C. Noel, The Journal of Arizona History