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Border Rhetorics: Citizenship and Identity on the US-Mexico Frontier / Edition 2
     

Border Rhetorics: Citizenship and Identity on the US-Mexico Frontier / Edition 2

by D. Robert DeChaine, Bernadette Marie Calafell, Karma R. Chavez, Josue David Cisneros, Anne Teresa Demo
 

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ISBN-10: 0817357165

ISBN-13: 9780817357160

Pub. Date: 08/30/2012

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

Border Rhetorics is a collection of essays that undertakes a wide-ranging examination of the US-Mexico border as it functions in the rhetorical production of civic unity in the United States.

A “border” is a powerful and versatile concept, variously invoked as the delineation of geographical territories, as a judicial marker of citizenship, and

Overview

Border Rhetorics is a collection of essays that undertakes a wide-ranging examination of the US-Mexico border as it functions in the rhetorical production of civic unity in the United States.

A “border” is a powerful and versatile concept, variously invoked as the delineation of geographical territories, as a judicial marker of citizenship, and as an ideological trope for defining inclusion and exclusion. It has implications for both the empowerment and subjugation of any given populace. Both real and imagined, the border separates a zone of physical and symbolic exchange whose geographical, political, economic, and cultural interactions bear profoundly on popular understandings and experiences of citizenship and identity.

The border’s rhetorical significance is nowhere more apparent, nor its effects more concentrated, than on the frontier between the United States and Mexico. Often understood as an unruly boundary in dire need of containment from the ravages of criminals, illegal aliens, and other undesirable threats to the national body, this geopolitical locus exemplifies how normative constructions of “proper”; border relations reinforce definitions of US citizenship, which in turn can lead to anxiety, unrest, and violence centered around the struggle to define what it means to be a member of a national political community.

Contributors

Bernadette Marie Calafell / Karma R. Chávez / Josue David Cisneros / D. Robert DeChaine / Anne Teresa Demo / Lisa A. Flores / Dustin Bradley Goltz / Marouf Hasian Jr. / Michelle A. Holling / Julia R. Johnson / Zach Juatus / Diane M. Keeling / John Louis Lucaites / George F. McHendry Jr. / Toby Miller / Kent A. Ono / Brian L. Ott / Kimberlee Pérez / Mary Ann Villarreal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817357160
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
08/30/2012
Series:
Albma Rhetoric Cult & Soc Crit Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: For Rhetorical Border Studies D. Robert DeChaine 1

I Conceptual Orientations

1 Borders That Travel: Matters of the Figural Border Kent A. Ono 19

2 Bordering as Social Practice: Intersectional Identifications and Coalitional Possibilities Julia R. Johnson 33

3 Border Interventions: The Need to Shift from a Rhetoric of Security to a Rhetoric of Militarization Karma R. Chávez 48

II Historical Consequences

4 A Dispensational Rhetoric in "The Mexican Question in the Southwest" Michelle A. Holling 65

5 Mobilizing for National Inclusion: The Discursivity of Whiteness among Texas Mexicans' Arguments for Desegregation Lisa A. Flores Mary Ann Villarreal 86

III Legal Acts

6 The Attempted Legitimation of the Vigilante Civil Border Patrols, the Militarization of the Mexican-US Border, and the Law of Unintended Consequences Marouf Hasian Jr. George F. McHendry Jr. 103

7 Shot in the Back: Articulating the Ideologies of the Minutemen through a Political Trial Zach Justus 117

IV Performative Affects

8 Looking "Illegal": Affect, Rhetoric, and Performativity in Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 Josue David Cisneros 133

9 Love, Loss, and Immigration: Performative Reverberations between a Great-Grandmother and Great-Granddaughter Bernadette Marie Calafell 151

10 Borders without Bodies: Affect, Proximity, and Utopian Imaginaries through "Lines in the Sand" Dustin Bradley Goltz Kimberlee Pé rez 163

V Media Circuits

11 Transborder Politics: The Embodied Call of Conscience in Traffic Brian L. Ott Diane M. Keeling 181

12 Decriminalizing Illegal Immigration: Immigrants' Rights through the Documentary Lens Anne Teresa Demo 197

13 The Ragpicker-Citizen Toby Miller 213

Afterword: Border Optics John Louis Lucaites 227

Suggested Readings 231

Works Cited 235

Contributors 265

Index 269

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