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Walling In and Walling Out

Why Are We Building New Barriers to Divide Us?

Edited by Laura McAtackney and Randall H. McGuire

Walls are being built at a dizzying pace to separate us, cocoon us, and exclude us. The contributors to this volume illuminate the roles and uses of walls around the world—in contexts ranging from historic neighborhoods to contemporary national borders. They argue that more and more walls are being built even though they are a paradox in a neoliberal world in which people, goods, and ideas are supposed to move freely. The walls examined in this volume do not share a common form or type, but they do share a common political purpose: they determine and defend racist definitions of social belonging by controlling access and movement. The contributors include archaeologists, anthropologists, geographers, and sociologists. They bring different perspectives and insights to the scale, form, and impact of this phenomenon of “walling in” and “walling out.”

2020. 272 pp., 6 x 9, 24 halftones, 3 maps, 1 graph, 6 tables

Editors: Laura McAtackney and Randall H. McGuire
Contributors: Amahl Bishara, Michael Dear, Miguel Díaz-Barriga, Zaire Dinzey-Flores, Margaret E. Dorsey, Reece Jones, Anna McWilliams, and Dimitris C. Papadopoulos

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Chapter One. Introduction: Walling In and Walling Out
Randall H. McGuire and Laura McAtackney

Chapter Two. Barbarians at the Gates: A History of Walls
Randall H. McGuire

Part I. Local Walls

Chapter Three. Race Walls: (In)Visible Codes of Neighborhood Inequality in Puerto Rico
Zaire Dinzey-Flores

Chapter Four. Segregation Walls and Public Memory in Contemporary Belfast: Intersections with Gender and Class
Laura McAtackney

Chapter Five. An Ongoing Violence, a Sustained Resistance: Israel’s Racist Separation Wall at Aida Refugee Camp
Amahl Bishara

Part II. National Walls

Chapter Six. The Materiality of a Metaphor: The Cold War and the Berlin Wall
Anna McWilliams

Chapter Seven. Boundary Work: Invisible Walls and Rebordering at the Margins of Europe
Dimitris C. Papadopoulos

Chapter Eight. Whose Borderland? What Evidence? Divergent Interests and the Impact of the US-México Border Wall
Michael Dear

Part III. Supporting Walls

Chapter Nine. Algorithms, German Shepherds, and LexisNexis: Reticulating the Digital Security State in the Constitution-Free Zone
Margaret E. Dorsey and Miguel Díaz-Barriga

Chapter Ten. The Material and Symbolic Power of Border Walls
Reece Jones

Chapter Eleven. Conclusion: The Repercussions of Walls and Their Future
Laura McAtackney and Randall H. McGuire

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