Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Public wildlands at the U.S.-Mexico border: Where conservation, migration, and border enforcement collide
by Piekielek, Jessica A., Ph.D., The University of Arizona, 2009, 265; 3366224
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation examines changing relationships among natural landscapes and state agencies, as these relationships intersect in transboundary protected wildlands and in debates about natural resource protection and U.S.-Mexico border policy. Recent increases in undocumented migration, smuggling, and border enforcement along the Arizona-Sonora border impact ecology and public land management practices. In this dissertation, I analyze how natural and national spaces and boundaries are produced through institutional and individual practices and discourses in border wildlands. Further, I consider how different productions of space restrict or create opportunities for collaborative responses to ecological impacts resulting from migration, smuggling, and border enforcement. This research builds on anthropological scholarship on conservation, borders, and the production of space through an ethnography of conservation institutions as they face dramatic political and ecological changes in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Austin, Diane E., Sheridan, Thomas E.
Commitee: Green, Linda B., Shaw, William
School: The University of Arizona
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 70/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, International law, Environmental science
Keywords: Border security, Conservation, Mexico, National Park Service, U.S.-Mexico border, United States
Publication Number: 3366224
ISBN: 978-1-109-27040-2
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