Constructing Rhetorical Borders: Peons, Illegal Aliens, and Competing Narratives of Immigration

  title={Constructing Rhetorical Borders: Peons, Illegal Aliens, and Competing Narratives of Immigration},
  author={L. A. Flores},
  journal={Critical Studies in Media Communication},
  pages={362 - 387}
  • L. A. Flores
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • Critical Studies in Media Communication
  • Recent work in immigration suggests interconnections among race, nation, and immigration. This essay examines these relations, noting the rhetorical dynamics through which symbolic borders emerge and shift, in part through national debates over immigrants. Turning critical attention to mediated representations of Mexican immigrants in the 1920s and 1930s, I argue that Mexican immigrant bodies provided rhetorical space for a national discussion of race and nation. I highlight, in particular, a… CONTINUE READING
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