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Title Sociopolitics of migrant death and repatriation : perspectives from forensic science / Krista E. Latham, Alyson J. O'Daniel, editors.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2018.

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Series Bioarchaeology and social theory
Bioarchaeology and social theory.
Subject Human remains (Archaeology) -- Repatriation -- Mexican-American Border Region.
Immigrants -- Mexican-American Border Region -- Death.
Alt Name Latham, Krista E.,
O'Daniel, Alyson,
Description 1 online resource (xx, 177 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary As scholars have by now long contended, global neoliberalism and the violence associated with state restructuring provide key frameworks for understanding flows of people across national boundaries and, eventually, into the treacherous terrains of the United States borderlands. The proposed volume builds on this tradition of situating migration and migrant death within broad, systems-level frameworks of analysis, but contends that there is another, perhaps somewhat less tidy, but no less important sociopolitical story to be told here. Through examination of how forensic scientists define, navigate, and enact their work at the frontiers of US policy and economics, this book joins a robust body of literature dedicated to bridging social theory with bioarchaeological applications to modern day problems. This volume is based on deeply and critically reflective analyses, submitted by individual scholars, wherein they navigate and position themselves as social actors embedded within and, perhaps partially constituted by, relations of power, cultural ideologies, and the social structures characterizing this moment in history. Each contribution addresses a different variation on themes of power relations, production of knowledge, and reflexivity in practice. In sum, however, the chapters of this book trace relationships between institutions, entities, and individuals comprising the landscapes of migrant death and repatriation and considers their articulation with sociopolitical dynamics of the neoliberal state.
Contents Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; Contents; Contributors; About the Editors; Part I: Beyond Local Jurisdictions: Science in a Global Web of Relations; Chapter 1: Introduction; Responding to Death at the Border; Global History as Strategy of Critical Reflection; A Preliminary Note on Terms and Labels; Scope and Organization of the Book; References; Chapter 2: All That Remains; All That Remains of an Afghan Girl; All That Remains of Cambodian and Myanmar Migrants in Thailand.
All That Remains of an Indian Migrant in Dubai; All That Remains Somewhere in the Sonoran Desert; References; Chapter 3: Capitalism and Crisis in Central America; The Roots of Crisis in Central America; Colonization and Independence as Elite Lockstep; Total War as Foundation for Neoliberalism; From Tanks to Night Watchmen: Neoliberalism and the Continuum of Violence; References; Chapter 4: Naming State Crimes, Naming the Dead: Immigration Policy and "The New Disappeared" in the United States and Mexico.
The New Disappeared: Public Policy, Vertical Borders, and Migrant Death; Navigating Mexico; Navigating South Texas; Pardoning the State, Blaming the Dead; Making Life and Death Visible; References; Chapter 5: Loss, Uncertainty, and Action: Ethnographic Encounters with Families of the Missing in the Central America-Mexico-United States Corridor; Searching Across Borders; Geographies of Risk, Disappearance, and Death; Mexico: Home, Transit, and Destination; Rippling Effects of Loss and Uncertainty.
Solidarity and Activism Among Families of the Missing; Conclusion; References; Chapter 6: The Geography of Migrant Death: Implications for Policy and Forensic Science; Introduction; The Prevention Through Deterrence Strategy; Migrant Deaths Along the USA-Mexico Border; The Changing Geography of Death; Changing Demographics of Border Crossers and Efforts to Identify the Dead; Evidence from the Arizona-Sonora Region: A Case Study; Evidence from South Texas/Northeastern Mexico; Conclusion; References.
Chapter 7: Follow the Power Lines Until You Hit a Road: Contextualizing Humanitarian Forensic Science in South Texas; Research Methods and Setting; Global Contexts: Capitalism, the State, and Migrant Death; Forensic Science in a Neoliberal Context; Ideology and Humanitarian Science: Joining the Ranks of the Citizen Volunteer; Local Material Realities and the Moral Call for Humanitarian Science; Advocating for Social Change: Publicizing the Private Response; Closing; References.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (Ebsco, viewed December 6, 2017).
ISBN 9783319618661 (electronic bk.)
3319618660 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-319-61866-1
OCLC # 1005506704
Additional Format Print version: Sociopolitics of migrant death and repatriation. Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018] 3319618652 (DLC) 2017951280 (OCoLC)988287075

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