Migration and Mortality

Social Death, Dispossession, and Survival in the Americas

Edited by Jamie Longazel and Miranda Cady Hallett
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PB: $34.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-1978-1
Publication: Jun 21

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288 pages
6 x 9
4 tables, 2 figs., 1 halftones

Documents and denounces the violent impacts of restrictive migration policies in the Americas, linking this institutional violence to broader forces of racial capitalism


Death threatens migrants physically during perilous border crossings between Central and North America, but many also experience legal, social, and economic mortality. Rooted in histories of colonialism and conquest, exclusionary policies and practices deliberately take aim at racialized, dispossessed people in transit. Once in the new land, migrants endure a web of systems across every facet of their world—work, home, healthcare, culture, justice—that strips them of their personhood, denies them resources, and creates additional obstacles that deprive them of their ability to live fully.

As laws and policies create ripe conditions for the further extraction of money, resources, and labor power from the dispossessed, the contributors to this vibrant anthology, Migration and Mortality, examine restrictive immigration policies and the broader capitalist systems of exploitation and inequality while highlighting the power of migrants’ collective resistance and resilience.

The case studies in this timely collection explore border deaths, detention economies, asylum seeking, as well as the public health and mental health of migrants. Ultimately, these examples of oppression and survival contribute to understanding broader movements for life and justice in the Americas.

Contributors: Karina Alma, Anna M. Babel, Pil H. Chung, Deirdre Conlon, Nicholas De Genova, Alicia Ivonne Estrada, Amelia Frank-Vitale, Nancy Hiemstra, Nolan Kline, Shirley P. Leyro, Marianne Madoré, Linda A. McCauley, Nathan J. Mutic, Joseph Nevins, Juan M. Pedroza, Jared P. Van Ramshorst, Nicholas Rodrigo, Daniel L. Stageman, Abby C. Wheatley, and the editors

About the Author(s)

Jamie Longazel is an Associate Professor of Law & Society at John Jay College and is on the International Migration Studies faculty at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of Undocumented Fears: Immigration and the Politics of Divide and Conquer in Hazleton, Pennsylvania (Temple).

Miranda Cady Hallett is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Human Rights Center Research Fellow at the University of Dayton, and has published extensively on El Salvador and Salvadoran migration to the United States.