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Refoulement as Biopolitical Praxis: Subalternity, Ethnography, and Ethics at the Mexico-Guatemala Border

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John William Kennedy

Cornell University, US
About John
John Kennedy is a Ph.D. student at Cornell University and a 2020-21 Public Humanities Fellow at the Center for Humanities in New York. His work has been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and other publications. Most recently, he has directed and produced a visual ethnography of the Mexican-Guatemalan border at the Suchiate River. A first-generation Guatemalan American, his research focuses on migration and borders in Guatemala, Mexico, and the US with an attention to performance, literature, and documentary film in terms of debt-migration; gender; race; ethnicity; and Latina/o/x Studies and Central American Studies
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Abstract

This article analyzes the Mexico-Guatemala border through the lens of the author's sensory ethnographic engagement there. It also uses oral history interviews and collaboration undertaken with refugees, migrants, and deportees. It argues for the contravention of human rights and refugee rights under the Trump Administration as an aspect of a longer history of biopolitics enacted in border regions and beyond them. It draws on border studies and notions of immunity in biopolitics to develop this argument, and its uses collaborative visual ethnographic practices as a way to consider the border.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.26824/lalr.242
How to Cite: Kennedy, J.W., 2021. Refoulement as Biopolitical Praxis: Subalternity, Ethnography, and Ethics at the Mexico-Guatemala Border. Latin American Literary Review, 48(96). DOI: http://doi.org/10.26824/lalr.242
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Published on 03 Aug 2021.
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