Securing borders: Patriotism, vigilantism and the Brutalization of the US American public

Sang H. Kil, Cecilia Menjívar, Roxanne Doty

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16 Scopus citations


Purpose: This is an examination of how border policies become intertwined with patriotic expressions that result in an atmosphere conducive to border vigilantism. We analyze how vigilantes target sources of immigrant employment, demonstrate at public buildings in attempting to put pressure on public officials, and speak and rally at educational institutions in order to disseminate their message. Methodology: We use content analysis, broadly defined. Findings: Brutalization theory helps understand how a militarized border policy shapes an environment in which violence becomes an acceptable and appropriate response to undocumented migration. Value: This chapter provides insights on both recent vigilante activities along the border and also within the interior of the nation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationImmigration, Crime and Justice
EditorsWilliam McDonald
Number of pages16
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

Publication series

NameSociology of Crime Law and Deviance
ISSN (Print)1521-6136

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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