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Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert
La vida no vale nada
Edited by Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith; Celestino Fernández; Jessie K. Finch; Araceli Masterson-Algar
312 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / 2016
Paper (978-0-8165-3252-0) [s]
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  - Anthropology

Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert addresses the tragic results of government policies on immigration. The contributors consist of a multidisciplinary group who are dedicated to the thousands
This book is unique because it focuses on death.

—Mary Romero, author of The Maid's Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream

of men, women, and children who have lost their lives while crossing the desert in search of a better life. Each chapter in this important new volume seeks answers to migrant deaths, speaking to the complexity of this tragedy via a range of community and scholarly approaches.

The activists, artists, and scholars included in this volume confront migrant deaths and disappearances in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands as they reflect on the startling realities of death, migration, and public policy. Chapters touch on immigration and how it is studied, community responses to crisis, government policy, definitions of citizenship, and the role of the arts and human expression in response to state violence. Collectively the contributions throw a spotlight on the multivocal, transdisciplinary efforts to address the historical silence surrounding this human tragedy.

Despite numerous changes in the migration processes and growing attention to the problem, many people who attempt border crossings continue to disappear and die. This book offers a timely exploration of the ways that residents, scholars, activists, and artists are responding to this humanitarian crisis on their doorstep.

Bruce E. Anderson
Javier Durán
Celestino Fernández
Jessie K. Finch
James S. Griffith
Juan Felipe Herrera
Claudio Lomnitz
Araceli Masterson-Algar
Daniel E. Martínez
Alex Nava
Anna Ochoa O'Leary
Bruce O. Parks
Eric D. Peters
Cynthia Porterfield
Robin Reineke
Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith
Prescott L. Vandervoet
David Winston
Jane Zavisca
With prayers by Father Ricardo Elford

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