I look to border responses of North American countries as refugees and migrants move across them to argue that border responses racialize the foreign other in receiving countries. I pay particular attention to the South-South migration of Nicaraguans into Costa Rica, of importance now due to the increased displacement of Nicaraguans across this border as the Nicaraguan government continues its harsh crackdown on political dissenters in the country. Through critical whiteness studies, the tactics used to racialize Nicaraguans as an other in Costa Rica are interrogated. By connecting these methods of racialization and border responses, I examine how racial and geopolitical borders influence one another, coming to the conclusion that they actively support and construct each other.
Twidwell, Theodore B.
"Borders Manifest: Racializing the Nicaraguan Refugee in Costa Rica,"
Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities: Vol. 8
, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/tapestries/vol8/iss1/5
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