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Border Optics: Surveillance Cultures on the US-Mexico Frontier

Camilla Fojas


The US-Mexico border zone is one of the most visualized and imagined spaces in the United States, not just for the mythology of the Southwest as the cornerstone of US identity but as a place under continual crisis, permanent visibility, and territorial defense. Border Optics argues that the border is both a laboratory and an archive that indexes an optical regime and a way of seeing drawn from maps, geographical surveys, military strategic plans, illustrations, photographs, postcards, novels, film, and television—all of which combine fascination with the region with the visual codes of surveil ... More

Keywords: borders, surveillance, optics, security, technology, US-Mexico border

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781479806980
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479806980.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Camilla Fojas, author
Arizona State University

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