Border crossings and sexual conquest in the age of neoliberalism in the Sonoran Desert

Michelle Téllez, William P Simmons, Mariana del Hierro

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This article examines the liminal space of the desert borderlands as a scene of routinized sexualized and gendered violence against migrant women border crossers. We explore the human consequences of a philosophy of attrition that is the cornerstone of the US immigration system. Using border sexual conquest and the coloniality of power as lenses, we examine how global neoliberalism represents a form of contemporary conquest that normalizes sexual and gendered violence at transnational locations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Feminist Journal of Politics
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018



  • Conquest
  • neoliberalism
  • sexual and gendered violence
  • US/Mexico border

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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