Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism

Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism

by Tanya Maria Golash-Boza
Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism

Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism

by Tanya Maria Golash-Boza

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Winner, 2016 Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award, given by the American Sociological Association Latino/a Section

The intimate stories of 147 deportees that exposes the racialized and gendered dimensions of mass deportations in the U.S.

The United States currently is deporting more people than ever before: 4 million people have been deported since 1997 –twice as many as all people deported prior to 1996. There is a disturbing pattern in the population deported: 97% of deportees are sent to Latin America or the Caribbean, and 88% are men, many of whom were originally detained through the U.S. criminal justice system. Weaving together hard-hitting critique and moving first-person testimonials, Deported tells the intimate stories of people caught in an immigration law enforcement dragnet that serves the aims of global capitalism.

Tanya Golash-Boza uses the stories of 147 of these deportees to explore the racialized and gendered dimensions of mass deportation in the United States, showing how this crisis is embedded in economic restructuring, neoliberal reforms, and the disproportionate criminalization of black and Latino men. In the United States, outsourcing creates service sector jobs and more of a need for the unskilled jobs that attract immigrants looking for new opportunities, but it also leads to deindustrialization, decline in urban communities, and, consequently, heavy policing. Many immigrants are exposed to the same racial profiling and policing as native-born blacks and Latinos. Unlike the native-born, though, when immigrants enter the criminal justice system, deportation is often their only way out. Ultimately, Golash-Boza argues that deportation has become a state strategy of social control, both in the United States and in the many countries that receive deportees.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479843978
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 12/11/2015
Series: Latina/o Sociology , #6
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 310,467
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tanya Maria Golash-Boza is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. She is the author of several books, including Immigration Nation (2012) and Race and Racisms (2015). She also writes on contemporary issues for many outlets including Al Jazeera, The Boston Review, The Nation, Counterpunch, The Houston Chronicle, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Mass Deportation and the Neoliberal Cycle 1

1 Growing Up: Yearning for a New Life 26

2 Crossing Over: Risking Life and Facing Increased Border Security 61

Interlude: Samuel 92

3 Becoming (Black and Latino) American: The Impact of Policing 94

Interlude: Juan Pablo 134

4 The War on Drugs: Getting Ensnared by the Criminal Justice System 138

Interlude: Katy 165

5 Getting Caught: Targets of Deportation Policy 167

6 Behind Bars: Immigration Detention and Prison Life 199

7 Back Home: Disposable Labor and the Impacts of Deportation 218

Conclusion: Global Apartheid 256

Notes 267

Bibliography 275

Index 287

About the Author 301

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