The social production of Latin@ visibilities and invisibilities: Geographies of power in small town America

Adela C. Licona, Marta Maria Maldonado

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Abstract

This paper explores the sociospatial dynamics unfolding in Perry, a rural Iowa town that has been facing rapid change since the 1990s due to growing Latin@ settlement. We focus on what we call the social production of Latin@ visibilities and invisibilities: spatialized practices by individuals, families, communities, and institutions that render different Latin@ groups visible or invisible, with repercussions for survival, community integration, and political praxis. We discuss the border within as an extension of border politics and borderlands rhetorics to the US "heartland", and how the entrenchment of a regime of deportability creates racialized and gendered conditions for the in/visibility of Latin@ immigrants and Latin@s more broadly. We conclude by considering some of the theoretical and political implications of our analysis for such geographies of power and the social relations, locations, and discourses that constitute and are constituted by them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-536
Number of pages20
JournalAntipode
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

Keywords

  • Border within
  • Geographies of power
  • Immigrants
  • Latin@s
  • Regime of deportability
  • Visibility and invisibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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