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Border Granny Wants You!': Grandmothers Policing Nation at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Border Politics: Social Movements, Collective Identities and Globalization (2014)
  • Jennifer Johnson
Abstract
This chapter examines how grandmotherhood is performed at the US–Mexico border in service of the new nativist movement in contemporary United States and in the broader ethno-nationalist project to which it contributes. It is the work of women, especially older women, that sustains this project to police the geopolitical, legal, and cultural boundaries of the nation. Through a case study of one active Minuteman chapter and its articulation with national efforts to reach out to women, the chapter elucidates how this collective impulse to protect the border incorporates women in seemingly contradictory ways that nonetheless work together to reproduce hierarchies of power grounded in both race and gender. Indeed, women's work to keep new immigrants of color outside the boundaries of this imagined community we call nation appears inextricably tied to those women's own gendered subordination within.
Keywords
  • grandmothers,
  • US–Mexico border,
  • nativist movement,
  • Minuteman,
  • immigrants,
  • border control
Disciplines
Publication Date
2014
Editor
Nancy A. Naples and Jennifer Bickham Mendez
Publisher
New York University Press
Citation Information
Jennifer Johnson. "Border Granny Wants You!': Grandmothers Policing Nation at the U.S.-Mexico Border" New YorkBorder Politics: Social Movements, Collective Identities and Globalization (2014) p. 35 - 59
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jennifer_johnson1/53/