Miguel Diaz-Barriga

Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar

2014

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

Miguel Diaz-BarrigaMiguel Diaz-Barriga2014 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar. Photograph by William Geoghegan.Miguel Diaz-Barriga2014 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:
Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas


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