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Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert

La vida no vale nada

The University of Arizona Press
Winner of the 2017 International Latino Book Award for Best Nonfiction – Multi-Author

Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert addresses the tragic results of government policies on immigration. The contributors consist of a multidisciplinary group who are dedicated to the thousands of men, women, and children who have lost their lives while crossing the desert in search of a better life. Each chapter in this important new volume seeks answers to migrant deaths, speaking to the complexity of this tragedy via a range of community and scholarly approaches.

The activists, artists, and scholars included in this volume confront migrant deaths and disappearances in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands as they reflect on the startling realities of death, migration, and public policy. Chapters touch on immigration and how it is studied, community responses to crisis, government policy, definitions of citizenship, and the role of the arts and human expression in response to state violence. Collectively the contributions throw a spotlight on the multivocal, transdisciplinary efforts to address the historical silence surrounding this human tragedy.

Despite numerous changes in the migration processes and growing attention to the problem, many people who attempt border crossings continue to disappear and die. This book offers a timely exploration of the ways that residents, scholars, activists, and artists are responding to this humanitarian crisis on their doorstep.
For those who are interested in immigration, human smuggling, and U.S. policy, this book would be a key addition to one’s library.”—Ethnic and Racial Studies

“This book is unique because it focuses on death.”—Mary Romero, author of The Maid’s Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream
Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith is a researcher at the Binational Migration Institute and an adjunct lecturer in the Mexican American Studies Department at the University of Arizona.
Celestino Fernández is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Arizona, where he is also a University Distinguished Outreach Professor. He has written more than fifty articles and chapters for scholarly journals and volumes, numerous reports, ten book reviews, and a few monographs, as well as composed more than fifty corridos on various topics, including immigration.
Jessie K. Finch is an assistant professor of sociology at Stockton University. She has co-authored articles for several journals, including Teaching Sociology and chapters for books, including Uncharted Terrains: New Directions in Border Research Methodology, Ethics, and Practice and Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence.
Araceli Masterson-Algar is an associate professor at Augustana College. She is the author of Ecuadorians in Madrid: Migrants’ Place in Urban History and has published articles in various journals, including the International Journal of Iberian Studies and the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies. She serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies.
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