Walls are being built at a dizzying pace to separate us, cocoon us, and exclude us. The contributors to this volume illuminate the roles and uses of walls around the world--in contexts ranging from historic neighborhoods to contemporary national borders. They argue that more and more walls are being built even though they are a paradox in a neoliberal world in which people, goods, and ideas are supposed to move freely. The walls examined in this volume do not share a common form or type, but they do share a common political purpose: they determine and defend racist definitions of social belonging by controlling access and movement. The contributors include archaeologists, anthropologists, geographers, and sociologists. They bring different perspectives and insights to the scale, form, and impact of this phenomenon of "walling in" and "walling out."
Laura McAtackney is an associate professor in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Aarhus University in Denmark. She explores the historical and contemporary archaeologies of institutions and colonialism (often together) and the material world of post-conflict Northern Ireland.
Randall H. McGuire is a SUNY Distinguished Professor at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. His research focuses on the anthropology and archaeology of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, the Mexican state of Sonora, and the border that divides these two states.
List of Illustrations Chapter One. Introduction: Walling In and Walling Out Randall H. McGuire and Laura McAtackney Chapter Two. Barbarians at the Gate: A History of Walls Randall H. McGuire
Part I. Local Walls Chapter Three. Race Walls: (In)Visible Codes of Neighborhood Inequality in Puerto Rico Zaire Dinzey-Flores Chapter Four. Segregation Walls and Public Memory in Contemporary Belfast: Intersections with Gender and Class Laura McAtackney Chapter Five. An Ongoing Violence, a Sustained Resistance: Israel's Racist Separation Wall at Aida Refugee Camp Amahl Bishara
Part II. National Walls Chapter Six. The Materiality of a Metaphor: The Cold War and the Berlin Wall Anna McWilliams Chapter Seven. Boundary Work: Invisible Walls and Rebordering at the Margins of Europe Dimitris C. Papadopoulos Chapter Eight. Whose Borderland? What Evidence? Divergent Interests and the Impact of the US-México Border Wall Michael Dear
Part III. Supporting Walls Chapter Nine. Algorithms, German Shepherds, and LexisNexis: Reticulating the Digital Security State in the Constitution-Free Zone Margaret E. Dorsey and Miguel Díaz-Barriga Chapter Ten. The Material and Symbolic Power of Border Walls Reece Jones Chapter Eleven. Conclusion: The Repercussions of Walls and Their Future Laura McAtackney and Randall H. McGuire