Noelle Brigden, Marquette University Lecture: Transnational Im/mobilities and the Social Imagination of Borders: Visualizing Globalization and Fragmentation from El Salvador to the United States
March 15, 2018
2 - 4 PM
The people of El Salvador have been experiencing a reordering of nation-state control over territory in two different, but inexorably linked contexts: the transnational migration corridor from Central America through Mexico and the United States, and a fragmented urban environment controlled by street gangs. Linking the lived experience of clandestine border crossings with the experience of the fragmented city, I explore variation in the social imagination of multiple borders: boundaries set by street gangs, boundaries set by nation-states, and boundaries set by gated communities. In this paper, I draw on preliminary fieldwork to outline an approach for understanding citizenship within the dual context of globalization and fragmentation.