Chapter 3 The mantling and dismantling of a tent city at the U.S.-Mexico border
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Bejarano and Hernández examine the practice of migrants creating a ‘tent city within a city,’ one tent at a time, or one shelter at a time, transformed the urbans capes, political economy, and social relations of the border metropolis of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, as a phenomenon of being both displaced and disposable interlocks with ideologies of racism, classism, nativism, and sexism, formed in a intersectional vulnerability. They explore the tent city/settlement phenomenon via the interconnecting concepts of displacement, disposability, debordering, and re-bordering (within the modes of survival of different border populations, with reference to a “Border Tuner” project, which allowed people across borders to literally hear each other’s heartbeats and to speak to one another without limits. They describe tent cities as a system of symbolic basurization where both the U.S. and Mexico profit ideologically from the construction of disposable people. For that they use ethnographic work on a tent city, through a system of border dialogues in order to do justice to our representations. They focus on the ethnography of displacement, analyzed as a previous experience of dispossession, as well as oppressive mechanism while appropriated as resistance. The view how tent city/ies, as small settlements appeared and disappeared suddenly. Thus, the contrast of human mobility of Central American migrants as forced migration, clashes with a city facing at least three decades of violence.

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