From humanitarian exceptionalism to contingent care: Care and enforcement at the humanitarian border

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Abstract

Throughout the world, increasingly securitized and militarized border enforcement efforts have made transnational migration an increasingly deadly endeavor for unauthorized migrants. The deadly consequences of unauthorized migration has compelled the emergence of what William Walters refers to as the humanitarian border-the concentration of humanitarian aid and services along the edges of the global North. This paper expands on Walters work through an in-depth analysis of the emergence and transformation of the humanitarian border in southern Arizona,usa. Through an examination of transformations in how migrant care is provisioned, overseen, and regulated in southern Arizona, this paper traces a shift from humanitarian exceptionalism to contingent care whereby care is increasingly linked with enforcement efforts. In doing so, this analysis illustrates how care functions as a technology of border enforcement, increasing the reach of the state to govern more bodies and more spaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-20
Number of pages10
JournalPolitical Geography
Volume47
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Border enforcement
  • Care
  • Humanitarianism
  • Migrant deaths
  • US-Mexico border

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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