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Compassionate Bodies: Allies for Border Justice on the Migrant Trail

Author:
Russo, Chandra
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Sociology
Degree Supervisor:
George Lipsitz
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2012
Issued Date:
2012
Topics:
Sociology, General
Keywords:
Body
Immigrant rights
Allies
Social movement
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
M.A.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012
Description:

This study examines The Migrant Trail walk in the context of social movement theory and argues for the importance of the body. The Migrant Trail is a week-long, 75 mile walk taken annually by border justice activists at the U.S.-Mexico Border. Its understood purpose as a social movement tactic is to protest border policies that lead to migrant deaths, raise awareness of the crisis of death on the border, and mourn those who have lost their lives. This study utilizes surveys and in-depth interviews to explore what the Migrant Trail achieves for the participants actually undertaking the walk. On the Migrant Trail, embodied experience complements the fact that participants are movement allies rather than direct beneficiaries of the border justice cause. It is argued that embodied experience builds compassion, solidifies commitment and creates a strong sense of collective identity amongst walkers. Moreover, these effects are highlighted as being of particular importance because of the specific challenges that allies face fitting into a social movement context.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (50 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3tx3c98
ISBN:
9781267298218
Catalog System Number:
990037519160203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Chandra Russo
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