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    Racial Prescriptions: Pharmaceuticals, Difference, and the Politics of Life

    Jonathan X. Inda

    Racial Prescriptions explores the politics of dealing with health inequities through targeting pharmaceuticals at specific racial groups based on the idea that they are genetically different. Drawing on the introduction of BiDil to treat heart failure among African Americans, this book contends that while racialized pharmaceuticals are ostensibly about fostering life, they also raise thorny questions concerning the biologization of race, the reproduction of inequality, and the economic exploitation of the racial body.

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    Mexican Americans and the Question of Race

    Julie A. Dowling

    With Mexican Americans constituting a large and growing segment of U.S. society, their assimilation trajectory has become a constant source of debate. Some believe Mexican Americans are following the path of European immigrants toward full assimilation into whiteness, while others argue that they remain racialized as nonwhite.

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    Feminism, Nation and Myth: La Malinche

    Rolando Romero

    Drawing from the humanities and the social sciences to interrogate the development of feminism, queer studies, and Latina/o studies, the editors of this volume examine the literary and cultural debates the figure of la Malinche has generated in critical circles by addressing the state and direction of Malinche scholarship.

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    Social Death:Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected

    Lisa Marie Cacho

    Social Death tackles one of the core paradoxes of social justice struggles and scholarship—that the battle to end oppression shares the moral grammar that structures exploitation and sanctions state violence.

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    Targeting Immigrants: Government, Technology, and Ethics

    Jonathan Xavier Inda

    This book is concerned with the government of “illegal” immigration since the passage of the U.S. Immigration Act of 1965, exploring how certain mentalities and intellectual machineries have rendered illegal immigrants as targets of government.

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    Dangerous Curves:Latina Bodies in the Media

    Isabel Molina-Guzman

    With images of Jennifer Lopez’s butt and America Ferrera’s smile saturating national and global culture, Latina bodies have become an ubiquitous presence. Dangerous Curves traces the visibility of the Latina body in the media and popular culture by analyzing a broad range of popular media including news, media gossip, movies, television news, and online audience discussions.

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    Barrio Libre: Criminalizing States and Delinquent Refusals of the New Frontier

    Gilberto Rosas

    The city of Nogales straddles the border running between Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. On the Mexican side, marginalized youths calling themselves Barrio Libre (Free 'Hood) employ violence, theft, and bribery to survive, often preying on undocumented migrants who navigate the city's sewer system to cross the US-Mexico border. In this book, Gilberto Rosas draws on his in-depth ethnographic research among the members of Barrio Libre to understand why they have embraced criminality and how neoliberalism and security policies on both sides of the border have affected the youths' descent into Barrio Libre.

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    Governing Immigration Through Crime: A Reader

    Julie A. Dowlingand Jonathan Xavier Inda

    In the United States, immigration is generally seen as a law and order issue. Amidst increasing anti-immigrant sentiment, unauthorized migrants have been cast as lawbreakers. Governing Immigration Through Crime offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the use of crime and punishment to manage undocumented immigrants.