Chapter 11: The geography of migrant death: violence on the US-Mexico border
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Migrants have continued to die in high numbers along the US-Mexico border despite near record low apprehensions. This chapter focuses on the meaning of migrant death in two different contexts, (1) those that die attempting to cross the border and (2) those that die in Mexico, either as ‘transmigrants,’ usually Central Americans crossing through Mexico, or as deportees who have died as a result of drug-related conflict and widespread kidnapping. The authors explore the politics of naming and counting, which has been criticized but presents important theoretical, empirical, and methodological advances in light of the grief and dehumanization that dominate policy discussion of migration deaths. The linkages between (im)mobility, violence, and death expose the need for more geographical research on our increasingly dangerous borders.

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