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Border Walls Gone GreenNature and Anti-immigrant Politics in America$
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John Hultgren

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694976

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694976.001.0001

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Border Walls Gone Green

John Hultgren

University of Minnesota Press

The Introduction looks at the start of the political right wing campaign to link immigration to environmental concerns. It also examines how American debates over environmental impacts of immigration raises important questions about the relationship between nature and the politics of social exclusion. It also points out the manner in which conceptions of nature are imbued with cultural assumptions and how this impacts how people look at environmental policy. It reflects on how the author’s analysis over how environmental restrictions and their opponents seek to reconfigure sovereignty is heavily influenced by Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben. It examines how struggles over sovereignty are dispersed throughout social life, imbricated in claims to knowledge, scientific methodologies, social norms, and political strategies. It concludes by pointing out how like all methods, discourse analysis has its limitations, but the author’s analysis does reveal the multiple channels through which nature and sovereignty come to intersect.

Keywords:   immigration, environmental concerns, american, nature, cultural assumptions, sovereignty, Giorgio Agamben, Michel Foucault

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