The Politics of Proximity and Distance: The US-Mexico Border-as-Parallax-Object

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Title:
The Politics of Proximity and Distance: The US-Mexico Border-as-Parallax-Object
Author:
De La Ossa, Jessica Lauren
Issue Date:
2015
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Abstract:
This dissertation examines the role of affect and emotion in contemporary citizenship practices along the US-Mexico border. Drawing from mixed qualitative methods, this dissertation employs inter-subjective research practice to understand the entanglement between the state, objects, citizen, and non-citizen along the border. This study presents two interrelated findings: 1) state security objects "impress" and mediate citizen movements, and 2) a dual masculinity of offensive and defensive emerges around compassionate actions toward or distancing actions from migrants in need of aid or assistance. Drawing on Slavoj Žižek, this dissertation explores the border-as-parallax-object to reveal the ways that the border is inscribed beyond the material fence. In this way, this dissertation connects disparate literature within human geography concerning materiality and psychoanalytic theory. By psychoanalytically reading and coding research interviews, this dissertation also develops the concepts of the face-of-the-state and ambivalent citizenship to elucidate the impact of security objects on citizen practices. The findings build toward a new subfield in political geography: emotional border studies.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Compassion; Masculinity; Political Geography; Psychoanalytic Geographies; US-Mexico Border; Geography; Affect
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Geography
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Jones III, John Paul

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleThe Politics of Proximity and Distance: The US-Mexico Border-as-Parallax-Objecten_US
dc.creatorDe La Ossa, Jessica Laurenen
dc.contributor.authorDe La Ossa, Jessica Laurenen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines the role of affect and emotion in contemporary citizenship practices along the US-Mexico border. Drawing from mixed qualitative methods, this dissertation employs inter-subjective research practice to understand the entanglement between the state, objects, citizen, and non-citizen along the border. This study presents two interrelated findings: 1) state security objects "impress" and mediate citizen movements, and 2) a dual masculinity of offensive and defensive emerges around compassionate actions toward or distancing actions from migrants in need of aid or assistance. Drawing on Slavoj Žižek, this dissertation explores the border-as-parallax-object to reveal the ways that the border is inscribed beyond the material fence. In this way, this dissertation connects disparate literature within human geography concerning materiality and psychoanalytic theory. By psychoanalytically reading and coding research interviews, this dissertation also develops the concepts of the face-of-the-state and ambivalent citizenship to elucidate the impact of security objects on citizen practices. The findings build toward a new subfield in political geography: emotional border studies.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen
dc.subjectCompassionen
dc.subjectMasculinityen
dc.subjectPolitical Geographyen
dc.subjectPsychoanalytic Geographiesen
dc.subjectUS-Mexico Borderen
dc.subjectGeographyen
dc.subjectAffecten
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplineGeographyen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorJones III, John Paulen
dc.contributor.committeememberJones III, John Paulen
dc.contributor.committeememberMoore, Sarah A.en
dc.contributor.committeememberBanister, Jeffreyen
dc.contributor.committeememberDel Casino, Vincenten
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