An extensive history examining how North American nations have tried (and often failed) to police their borders, Border Policing presents diverse scholarly perspectives on attempts to regulate people and goods at borders, as well as on the ways that individuals and communities have navigated, contested, and evaded such regulation.
The contributors explore these power dynamics though a series of case studies on subjects ranging from competing allegiances at the northeastern border during the War of 1812 to struggles over Indian sovereignty and from the effects of the Mexican Revolution to the experiences of smugglers along the Rio Grande during Prohibition. Later chapters stretch into the twenty-first century and consider immigration enforcement, drug trafficking, and representations of border policing in reality television. Together, the contributors explore the powerful ways in which federal authorities impose political agendas on borderlands and how local border residents and regions interact with, and push back against, such agendas. With its rich mix of political, legal, social, and cultural history, this collection provides new insights into the distinct realities that have shaped the international borders of North America.
"This is a truly fascinating collection and a terrific contribution to borderland studies in general and the study of border policing in particular. Though there is a considerable literature on US-Mexico border policing and a smaller literature on US-Canada border policing, only a handful of studies have attempted to bring them together. Border Policing provides a much-needed corrective."
Peter Andreas, Brown University, author of Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide
"Border Policing offers an insightful look at the regulation of the movement of people and goods across national divides. Together, the essays assembled by Holly Karibo and George Díaz offer a connective approach to the US-Mexico, US-Canada, and Indigenous borderlands, as well as the differing regions within. Spanning the early nineteenth century to the present, this collection of case studies looks to the past to understand contemporary approaches to border enforcement and the development of an intensified security apparatus. It also examines the ways in which border peoples have contested policies of enforcement. This anthology is a valuable and timely contribution to borderland studies."
Dominique Brégent-Heald, Memorial University of Newfoundland, author of Borderland Films: American Cinema, Mexico, and Canada during the Progressive Era