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Lives in Transit

Violence and Intimacy on the Migrant Journey (California Series in Public Anthropology #42)

Wendy A. Vogt


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Lives in Transit chronicles the dangerous journeys of Central American migrants in transit through Mexico. Drawing on fieldwork in humanitarian aid shelters and other key sites, Wendy A. Vogt examines the multiple forms of violence that migrants experience as their bodies, labor, and lives become implicated in global and local economies that profit from their mobility as racialized and gendered others. She also reveals new forms of intimacy, solidarity, and activism that have emerged along transit routes over the past decade. Through the stories of migrants, shelter workers, and local residents, Vogt encourages us to reimagine transit as a site of both violence and precarity as well as social struggle and resistance.

Praise For Lives in Transit: Violence and Intimacy on the Migrant Journey (California Series in Public Anthropology #42)

"Vogt is a storyteller at core, and Lives in Transit is an indelible piece of groundbreaking work that bears testament to the embodied violence, intimacy, and resistance of Central American migrants in Mexico."
— Latino Studies

University of California Press, 9780520298545, 272pp.

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

About the Author

Wendy A. Vogt is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis.