Caging Borders and Carceral States

Incarcerations, Immigration Detentions, and Resistance

Edited by Robert T. Chase

440 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 3 halftones, 2 tables

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5124-8
    Published: May 2019
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-5123-1
    Published: May 2019
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5125-5
    Published: April 2019

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This volume considers the interconnection of racial oppression in the U.S. South and West, presenting thirteen case studies that explore the ways in which citizens and migrants alike have been caged, detained, deported, and incarcerated, and what these practices tell us about state building, converging and coercive legal powers, and national sovereignty. As these studies depict the institutional development and state scaffolding of overlapping carceral regimes, they also consider how prisoners and immigrants resisted such oppression and violence by drawing on the transnational politics of human rights and liberation, transcending the isolation of incarceration, detention, deportation and the boundaries of domestic law.

Contributors: Dan Berger, Ethan Blue, George T. Díaz, David Hernandez, Kelly Lytle Hernández, Pippa Holloway, Volker Janssen, Talitha L. LeFlouria, Heather McCarty, Douglas K. Miller, Vivien Miller, Donna Murch, and Keramet Ann Reiter.

Published in association with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas

About the Author

Robert T. Chase is assistant professor of history at Stony Brook University.
For more information about Robert T. Chase, visit the Author Page.


“An incredibly rich resource for anyone interested in the history of policing, confinement, and resistance. . . . Chase has intricately woven innovative research from top scholars in the field of carcerality. . . . This collection of articles is a phenomenal contribution to the field of the carceral state.”--Journal of American Ethnic History

“This collection of essays masterfully organizes important contributions to the scholarship on the carceral state. . . . Authors expand each other’s arguments, creating well-connected theses analyzing the foundations and interconnections of carceral networks in the United States. . . . Readers interested in the intersections between racism, incarceration, immigration detention and deportation, and settler-colonial violence will find what they are looking for within this well-crafted anthology.”--International Criminal Justice Review

"A challenging and intelligent anthology. In this moment of widespread debate over re- forming the criminal justice and immigration systems, this work is sorely needed."--Southwestern Historical Quarterly

"This cutting-edge and extremely compelling interdisciplinary volume provides a sociohistorical overview of the development and execution of racialized punitive practices and the making of the carceral state."--Victor Rios, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Caging Borders and Carceral States is a significant addition to current debates on the carceral crisis in the United States. Making use of a variety of disciplinary lenses, the book’s contributions assemble a powerful 'history of the present' of imprisonment, detention, and immigration control and reckon with the deep historical roots of American mass incarceration."--Alessandro De Giorgi, San José State University