The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail


      The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail
In his gripping and provocative debut, anthropologist and MacArthur Genius Fellow Jason De Le n sheds light on one of the most pressing political issues of our time the human consequences of US immigration policy The Land of Open Graves reveals the suffering and deaths that occur daily in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona as thousands of undocumented migrants attempt to cross the border from Mexico into the United States Drawing on the four major fields of anthropology, De Le n uses an innovative combination of ethnography, archaeology, linguistics, and forensic science to produce a scathing critique of Prevention through Deterrence, the federal border enforcement policy that encourages migrants to cross in areas characterized by extreme environmental conditions and high risk of death For two decades, this policy has failed to deter border crossers while successfully turning the rugged terrain of southern Arizona into a killing field In harrowing detail, De Le n chronicles the journeys of people who have made dozens of attempts to cross the border and uncovers the stories of the objects and bodies left behind in the desert The Land of Open Graves will spark debate and controversy. Free Download eBook The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail Author Jason De León – tbjewellers.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail
  • Jason De León
  • English
  • 20 February 2017
  • 0520282752

10 thoughts on “ The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail

  1. says:

    Fuck The US is so breathtakingly cruel Read this to find out how we weaponized the desert to kill migrants in the name of deterrence Except it doesn t work that way and thousands of migrants are killed each year trying to cross in brutal conditions.This book is very well written and not heavy on anthropological jargon But it s hard to consume and digest If you re interested in this specific issue related to immigration Prevention through Deterrence but aren t sure you want to re...

  2. says:

    I read this for my Anthropology of Race class It is an absolutely heart breaking read, but I learned SO much I cannot recommend this enough, especially to those living in the United States.

  3. says:

    If you re looking for a book that isn t heavy in Anthropological jargon but are interested in what happens between the borders of Mexico and America then read this book De Leon writes such a heart breaking tail of what is happening and the policies America has enacted to crea...

  4. says:

    As harrowing, bleak and brutal as the desert which plays such a great role in the tragedies that play out at the Mexico US border as a result of hostile US immigration policies The best parts of this book for me, at least were those recounting the stories and experiences of actual individuals who have undertaken the hazardous journey through the deserts Theacad...

  5. says:

    It s hard to formulate a coherent response to this book because it s such a hodgepodge of ideas and styles a true interdisciplinary effort In the end, however, it feltlike a memoir than anything else a memoir of an academic who is on the way to becoming an activist Jason De Le n does a great job telling the dramatic and emotionally draining stories of migrants, and that s really the strength of the book The photographs become essential as these stories grow deeper andresonant It s hard to formulate a coherent response to this book because it s such a hodgepodge of ideas and styles a true interdisciplinary effort In the end, however, it feltlike a memoir than anything else a memoir of an academic w...

  6. says:

    DNF at something like 10% This is one of the best ethnographies I ve come across, but I don t think it s worth trying to rush to finish the rest when I ll need to return it in two weeks The premise is fantastic, and the writing is as harsh as the deserts it describes, but it s a huge undertaking, and anyone who picks it up had better have...

  7. says:

    With unceasing compassion and insight, Jason De Le n lets those taking the perilous trek through the state sponsored violence that is our Southern Border tell their own stories, on their own terms De Le n writes of how he is conscious, even guilty, of the limitations of his methodology interviews and archaeology studies primarily but his resulting writing offers to the reader compelling, visceral portraits of those he has met, those he has mourned and those who he still searches for.The With...

  8. says:

    Really important book that everyone in the US should read I have ethical critiques of some of his decisions, but overall a very compelling ethnography.

  9. says:

    This book is a must read for every adult American I gave it 4 5 stars because the pages where the author describes his methodology can be dry, but they are absolutely worth wading through to hear the voices of the migrant trail.

  10. says:

    It s an eye opening and shocking reading I bursted out tears from time to time when reading this book The book states some often ignored realities 1 People living in extreme poverty will do everything to make a living, even it will mean for them to risk their life to cross the desert 2 The inequality in world economy makes the USattractive 3 Deterrence by death does not stop the undocumented immigrants.They are very valuable points and worth to be reminded when we view the topic of It s an eye opening and shocking reading I bursted out tears from time to time when reading this book The book states some often ignored realities 1 People living in extreme poverty will do everything to make a living, even it will mean for them to risk their life to cross the desert 2 The inequality in world economy makes the USattractive 3 Deterrence by death does not stop the undocumented immigrants.They are very valuable points and worth to be reminded when we view the topic of undocumented immigrants.Also, I saw a lot of cruelty inside the government system from this book I wish the authors could explore , if anyone could give good suggestions on this issue, it s people like the authors of this book and their research group who take huge time trying to understand and analysis the current situation.I wish I could seediscussion on 1 How does the government agencies feel about the current policy 2 Why is the policy carried out...

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