Contesting the Weaponization of Arizona-Sonora Borderlands

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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Fellows Hall 208
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In the context of heightened border enforcement associated with prevention through deterrence policies applied to the U.S.-Mexico border since 1993, this talk examines the dialectic between militarized policing employed by the state and community-based strategies developed by Mexican and Central American migrants to survive and resist a highly militarized US-Mexico border. As a multi-faceted activist ethnography, it explores the weaponization of the Arizona Sonora borderlands through three mechanisms: a material weapon that takes the form of a dangerous and deadly desert, a legal weapon manufactured through the selective use of the criminal justice system to punish people in transit for entering or re-entering the country without proper documentation, and a psychosocial weapon that acts on the minds and spirits of migrants and their families as people are disappeared both permanently (in the desert) and temporarily (in detention centers).

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

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