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"It Doesn’t Matter if You’re a Citizen": Emic Perspectives on Border Patrol and Security from a Southern Arizona Border Town

Author(s): Murphy A Van Sparrentak ; Chloe Bergsma-Safar

Year: 2015

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Summary

          Arivaca, Arizona is one of many small unincorporated communities along the US/Mexican border that have recently been thrust into the media spotlight in the wake of discussions of immigration reform. The dominant media narrative coming out of these towns is typically characterized by anti-immigrant sentiment and calls for more Border Patrol presence. Drawing on ethnographic work in Arivaca and archaeological work focused on Border Patrol activities, I offer a counter narrative to the one portrayed by the media and argue that race, class and personal experiences with migrants and drug smuggling make it difficult to reduce local public opinion to one storyline. I also argue that Arivaca is an exceptional political space where the landscape has become heavily militarized and where local citizens routinely have their civil rights violated by federal law enforcement.  


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"It Doesn’t Matter if You’re a Citizen": Emic Perspectives on Border Patrol and Security from a Southern Arizona Border Town. Murphy A Van Sparrentak, Chloe Bergsma-Safar. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433801)


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Temporal Keywords
Contemporary


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 221

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America