Boats, borders, and bases : race, the cold war, and the rise of migration detention in the United States

Loyd, Jenna M., 1973- author

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  • Creator Jenna M. Loyd and Alison Mountz
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018] ©2018
  • Physical Details
    • xvii, 301 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
  • ISBNs 0520287975, 9780520287976, 0520287967, 9780520287969
  • OCLC on1007504722


  • "Discussions on U.S. border enforcement have traditionally focused on the highly charged U.S.-Mexico boundary, inadvertently obscuring U.S.-Caribbean relations and the concerning asylum and detention policies unfolding there. Boats, Borders, and Bases offers the missing, racialized histories of the U.S. detention system and its relationship to the interception and detention of Haitian and Cuban migrants. It argues that the U.S. response to Cold War Caribbean migrations actually established the legal and institutional basis for contemporary migration and detention, and border-deterrent practices in the United States. This book promises to make a significant contribution to a truer understanding of the history and geography of the U.S. detention system overall."--Provided by publisher.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-282) and index.


  • Part. 1. Race and the cold war geopolitics of migration control. "America's 'boat people'" : Cold War geopolitics of refuge ; Militarizing migration : the politics of asylum and deterrence -- Part 2. Building the world's largest detention system. "Not a prison" : building a deportation hub in Oakdale, Louisiana ; "Uncle Sam has a long arm" : war and the making of deterrent landscapes -- Part 3. Expanding the world's largest detention system. Safe haven : the creation of an offshore detention archipelago ; Onshore expansion : consolidating deterrence through criminalization and expulsion ; Post-9/11 policing : back to the future
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