Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration
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Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration

Edited by Katharyne Mitchell, Reece Jones and Jennifer L. Fluri

Border walls, shipwrecks in the Mediterranean, separated families at the border, island detention camps: migration is at the centre of contemporary political and academic debates. This ground-breaking Handbook offers an exciting and original analysis of critical research on themes such as these, drawing on cutting-edge theories from an interdisciplinary and international group of leading scholars. With a focus on spatial analysis and geographical context, this volume highlights a range of theoretical, methodological and regional approaches to migration research, while remaining attuned to the underlying politics that bring critical scholars together.
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Chapter 11: The geography of migrant death: violence on the US-Mexico border

Jeremy Slack and Daniel E. Martínez

Abstract

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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