Commonplace terror: Everyday harassment of Latinx immigrants in Central Florida

Mary Vickers, Nolan Kline

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The 2016 Trump presidential campaign and administration frequently employed anti-immigrant rhetoric in setting forth national policy agendas. Narratives of Latinx border-crossers as dangerous racial others seem to have nourished a public acceptance of prejudice against them-a phenomenon social psychologists have referred to as the "Trump Effect." In this chapter, we draw on our anthropological research in Orlando, Florida, to reveal the intensification of racism in ordinary social situations and the terrifying impact of anti-immigrant policies on everyday life. Building on existing scholarship, we argue that the formation of national borders extends far beyond the materiality of geopolitical barriers to social performances of differentiation. With a focus on immigrant experiences of abjection in the Trump era, we analyze the quotidian practices that produce interior borderlands of exclusion and fear.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRace, Gender, and Political Culture in the Trump Era
Subtitle of host publicationThe Fascist Allure
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781000432572
ISBN (Print)9781003034810
StatePublished - 27 Aug 2021


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