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Gender and Embodied Geographies in Latin American Borders

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ISBN 9781032123554
February 18, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
176 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Gender and Embodied Geographies in Latin American Borders is the first study of its kind to bring a gender perspective to studies on violence and "illegal markets" in the region.

Analyzing the structural problems that create inequality and enable gendered violence in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina, the authors offer a critique of the securitization of borders and the criminalization of human mobility, and propose alternatives to reduce violence. Newspaper reports on gender and the variables of violence, human trafficking, people smuggling, missing persons, victims and perpetrators uncover the production and reproduction of discourses and images related to violence. Interviews with strategic actors from non-governmental organizations, academia as well as public policy makers diversify the experiences from the different voices of authority.

Gender and Embodied Geographies in Latin American Borders encourages us to continue to question silence, impunity, the restriction of mobility, the dehumanization of securitization policies and the institutionalization of gender violence. A welcomed must read for scholars, researchers, policy makers, and students of gender studies, security studies, and migration.

Table of Contents


Fernando Carrioìn M., & Markus Gottsbacher

1. The link between gender and the global border system

2. Human mobility: between organized crime, border security and criminalization

3. Femicide and feminicide: body geographies

4. Legal and illegal markets and the multiple forms of exploitation

5. Breaking dichotomies: Links in the mechanisms of illegal markets in Latin America

6. Representations in the Latin American press: images, text, the body and social class

7. General conclusions

8. Recommendations


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Maria Amelia Viteri holds an affiliation as a research professor at the Department of Anthropology at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and as a Research Associate with the Department of Anthropology at University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of Desbordes: Translating Racial, Ethnic, Sexual and Gender Identities across the Americas (2014), also published in Spanish (2020). Her work has critically addressed borders and inequality as mutually constitutive with issues around gender, sexuality, racism, belonging, and migrant status in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Iréri Ceja is a PhD Student in Social Anthropology at the National Museum, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is the co-author of the books Corpografías: género y fronteras en América Latina (2017) and Ah, usted viene por la visa Mercosur: integración, migración y refugio en Ecuador (2017). She has been a fellow of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT, Mexico) and the Wenner Gren Foundation (United States). She has experience in anthropology, with an emphasis on migration and forced displacement, and works on the policy axes of life and death, the state, violence and humanitarianism.

Cristina Yépez Arroyo is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at McGill University. She is the co-author of the book Corpografías: Gender and Borders in Latin America (2017). Her work focuses on the crossroads between gender, human mobility, detention and deportation. She has worked as independent consultant and researcher for various projects related to gender and sexualities, human mobility and prevention of violence both in continental Ecuador and in the Galapagos Islands.


"This essential book about border crossings and border violence, by putting gender and its structural violence at the center, helps us to think beyond simplistic descriptions and conventional solutions, such as border security measures. We gain new insights into labor exploitation, illegal markets from mining to sexual exploitation, and the complicity of states. And new solutions that support rather than criminalize. A must read for all of us."

Lisa Rofel, Professor Emeritus and Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, Co-Director, Center for Emerging Worlds, University of California, Santa Cruz