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

Michelle Téllez, William Paul Simmons, Mariana del Hierro

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Abstract

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)
Pages (from-to)524-541
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Feminist Journal of Politics
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2018

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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