Beyond Borders / Leigh Campoamor ... [et al.]

An issue about borders couldn’t be more timely, when the Trump administration has posed the U.S.-Mexico border and the people who cross it as the central threat to U.S. Americanism. Yet this focus displaces the longer-term history of violent border exclusion across the Americas— the brutality, inequality, and cultural hybridity they embody, as Latorre suggests—in various conceptions.
That’s why this issue focuses on a variety of borders across the Americas, literal and symbolic. In fact, our back cover depicts the Muro de la Vergüenza, or the Wall of Shame, in Lima, Peru, which divides the wealthy Casuarinas neighborhood from an informal housing development long neglected by the Peruvian government. As Leigh Campoamor writes in the issue, this internal border embodies both the physical inequities borders draw, as well as the way borders serve to separate people, differentiating them, whether by nationality, ethnicity, class, or socioeconomic status. These mirror the less literal but just as real walls that privilege the flow of commerce over the flow of people, that give the wealthy the right to move while caging in the poor. [Editorial]