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Fencing Arizona: Meditations on a Wall

Ananda Rose

in Showdown in the Sonoran Desert

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199890934
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949793 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890934.003.0007
Fencing Arizona: Meditations on a Wall

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This chapter discusses the history and vision of the U.S.–Mexico barrier wall, in particular the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which allowed for 700 additional miles of fencing to be constructed along the border, much of it in Arizona, including the “virtual wall.” It addresses the nature of borders, as chaotic and historically contested spaces, and the logic of building walls along international borders as a means of attempting to control these erratic convergence zones. It also lays out an array of opinions concerning the U.S.–Mexico barrier wall itself, the costs and benefits of such a wall, and the difficulties of construction and maintenance.

Keywords: Secure Fence Act; U.S.–Mexico barrier wall; fence; wall; virtual wall; SBI-Net; security; sovereignty; law; Sasabe; Naco; Border Field State Park; Gadsden Purchase; Treaty of Guadalupe

Chapter.  6752 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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