In 2019, a White Nationalist shooting occurred in El Paso in the wake of Trump’s administration’s efforts to dramatically curtail immigration, asylum-seeking, and other kinds of border crossing. The essay draws on the reflexive anthropology of Renato Rosaldo and related bodies of theory to examine the shooting. Its linkages to US border and immigration policy, including family separation, crystallize both how unsettling mass movements of people evident at borders may be and the significance of extremist, if not settler, violence to contemporary liberal societies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-128
Number of pages15
JournalAnthropology and Humanism
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • affect
  • borders
  • violence
  • white supremacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Philosophy
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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