The Thickening Borderlands: Bastard Mestiz@s, “Illegal” Possibilities, and Globalizing Migrant Life

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Abstract

This essay explores contemporary racial dynamics resulting from the ongoing securitization of borders in the United States and Mexico. It advances the concept of a “thickening” border, expanding both north and south through interrelated social forces: global efforts at immigration and drug enforcement, cultural and racial mixing, or mestizaje, and emerging forms of undocumented youth activism and identity formation. The essay suggests that borders, mestizaje, and “illegal” identities have been dramatically reworked and resignified on the ground.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCritical Ethnic Studies
Subtitle of host publicationA Reader
EditorsNada Elia, David M. Hernández, Jodi Kim, Shana L. Redmond, Dylan Rodríguez, Sarita Echavez See
PublisherDuke University Press
Pages344-359
ISBN (Electronic)9780822374367
ISBN (Print)9780822361275, 9780822361084
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2016

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