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Theory of the Border$
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Thomas Nail

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190618643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190618643.001.0001

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The US-Mexico Fence

The US-Mexico Fence

(p.165) Chapter 7 The US-Mexico Fence
Theory of the Border

Thomas Nail

Oxford University Press

This chapter is the first of four to deploy the previously developed border regimes as a theoretical framework for understanding the US-Mexico border kinopolitically. This chapter begins the analysis with the border regime of the fence at the US-Mexico border. The US-Mexico fence functions centripetally to capture a flow of migrants from the south in a number of different ways. Today fences compose the vast majority of the largely rural and wild US-Mexico borderland. As the fence approaches the cities of San Diego, Nogales, and El Paso, a wall has been added to the border that changes its function, as we will see in the next section. In the case of the US-Mexico border we see the centripetal function of the fence in three distinct kinetic technologies: the offensive funnel effect, the defensive security fence, and the binding monument.

Keywords:   centripetal, border, fence, Mexico, kinetic, security fence, immigration, caging effect, border monument

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