Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention in the United States


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University of California Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Jenna M. Loyd is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Alison Mountz is Professor of Geography at Wilfrid Laurier University and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration at the Balsillie School of International Affairs .


"Although this book makes a much-needed contribution to critical geography, migration, race, criminology, and legal scholarship, it also nicely complements recent work-like From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America, which seek to identify the rise of migrant detention throughout the US. This book takes that task one step further by theorizing spaces and processes of deterrence and detention beyond the interior of the US while making an even broader contribution to research on multijurisdictional patchworks."-- (01/27/2019)
"Long-neglected by scholars of mass incarceration and migration alike, the U.S. immigration detention system is attracting increasing concern and media attention in the Trump era. Much of this coverage, however, lacks historical context. A majority of scholarship on migrant detention focuses on the explosive growth of the system since 9/11 and on the US-Mexico border as a primary enforcement site. Boats, Borders, and Bases contributes to an emerging body of scholarship that fills gaps in these narratives by illuminating the deeper and less visible Cold War and Caribbean roots of the contemporary detention system."--Criminal Law & Criminal Justice Books