Landscapes of Violence: Immigrants and Mixed-Status Families’ Navigation of Suburbia

Authors: Edgar Sandoval*, University of Washington
Topics: Political Geography, Cultural Geography, Ethnicity and Race
Keywords: suburbia, landscape, violence, immigrants, navigation
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Ambassador Ballroom, Omni, West
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White violence against racialized immigrants shapes the US-Mexico borderlands, as issues of immigration become perennial sources of concern for policymakers, researchers, and residents alike. Scholarly literature emphasizes the border, and obscures how immigrants have settled in larger numbers throughout and experienced violence within white suburbia. This study seeks to answer: how do immigrants and their families navigate suburban landscapes of violence? The research project on racialized immigration in suburban places works at the intersections of political and cultural geography, drawing on critical ethnic studies. Emphasizing the embodied experiences of unauthorized immigrants, mixed-status families, and racialized peoples, this presentation offers preliminary findings on placemaking practices and notions of home, contributing to scholarship on how differentiated citizenship shapes the everyday decision-making practices of suburban residents.

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