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A Common Humanity: Ritual, Religion, and Immigrant Advocacy in Tucson, Arizona

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As debate about immigration policy rages from small towns to state capitals, from coffee shops to Congress, would-be immigrants are dying in the desert along the US–Mexico border. Beginning in the 1990s, the US government effectively sealed off the most common border crossing routes. This had the unintended effect of forcing desperate people to seek new paths across open d ...more
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Published October 1st 2011 by University of Arizona Press
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Apr 09, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it
Van Ham spent several years turning his finely trained eye and his gracefulness with words towards exploring the motivation, symbols, and meanings that underpin the immigrant advocacy groups in the Sonoran desert. In other words, how do the advocacy groups see themselves? What are multivalent meanings of their rituals and symbols?
When the urban border crossings were more tightly sealed off, undocumented immigrants began crossing through what is known as the Tucson sector. It is a wild desert of
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May 11, 2014 Lee Van Ham rated it it was amazing
In full disclosure, the author, Lane Van Ham, is my son which is only one of the reasons I've read this volume with great interest. I'm also interested in how immigration is understood and managed in this country of immigrants. I see a contradiction in how multinational corporations actively transcend nation-state boundaries with full support of conservative politics and economics BUT people crossing nation-state borders are met with militarized enforcement. Arizona has been a hot-button state o ...more
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