Margaret Ellen Dorsey

Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar

2014

Militarization on the Edge: Rights and Security on the US Mexican Border

Margaret Ellen DorseyMargaret Ellen Dorsey2014 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar. Photograph by William Geoghegan.Margaret Ellen Dorsey2014 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar. Photograph by William Geoghegan.

The purpose of this project is to complete an ethnographic monograph on border security and rights based on two years of National Science Foundation-funded fieldwork. The book manuscript addresses how post-9/11 policies forced border residents into the middle of a national security and immigration dilemma. Specifically, Drs. Diaz-Barriga and Dorsey describe how Mexican American and Lipan Apache residents in south Texas have protested, supported, and, in some cases, negotiated the design and placement of the border wall with the Department of Homeland Security. Their work draws attention to the ways that claims to culture, sovereignty, and rights realign themselves in the face of increased securitization and surveillance. As such, this research contributes to an international discussion on the challenges minority groups encounter in asserting their civil and human rights at a time when states prioritize military solutions.

Affiliation at time of award:
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Curator of the Border Studies Archive, University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas


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