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Beyond the Borders of the Law: Critical Legal Histories of the North American West

edited by Katrina Jagodinsky and Pablo Mitchell
Format
Book
Published
Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, 2018.
Language
English
ISBN
9780700626786, 0700626786, 9780700626793, 0700626794, 9780700626809 (ebook)
Summary
"In the American imagination "the West" denotes a border--between civilization and wilderness, past and future, native and newcomer--and its lawlessness is legendary. In fact, there was an abundance of law in the West, as in all borderland regions of vying and overlapping claims, jurisdictions, and domains. It is this legal borderland that Beyond the Borders of the Law explores. Combining the concepts and insights of critical legal studies and western/borderlands history, this book demonstrates how profoundly the North American West has been, and continues to be, a site of contradictory, overlapping, and overreaching legal structures and practices steeped in articulations of race, gender, and power. The authors in this volume take up topics and time periods that include Native history, the US-Canada and US-Mexico borders, regions from Texas to Alaska and Montana to California, and a chronology that stretches from the mid-nineteenth century to the near-present. From water rights to women's rights, from immigrant to indigenous histories, from disputes over coal deposits to child custody, their essays chronicle the ways in which marginalized westerners have leveraged and resisted the law to define their own rights and legacies. For the authors, legal borderlands might be the legal texts that define and regulate geopolitical borders, or they might be the ambiguities or contradictions creating liminal zones within the law. In their essays, and in the volume as a whole, the concept of legal borderlands proves a remarkably useful framework for finally bringing a measure of clarity to a region characterized by lawful disorder and contradiction. "--
Contents
  • Introduction: Into the void, or the musings and confessions of a redheaded stepchild lost in western legal history and found in the legal borderlands of the North American West / Katrina Jagodinsky
  • Enforcing colonial boundaries in the twenty-first century : settler anxiety and the Violence Against Women Act / Sarah Deer
  • Race, blood, and belonging : transnational Blackfoot bands and families along the US-Canada border, 1855-1915 / Jeffrey P. Shepherd
  • Abortion and intimate borderlands / Alicia Gutierrez-Romine
  • Legal ambiguities on the ground : Black Californians' land claims, 1848-1870 / Dana Elizabeth Weiner
  • Ditches and desirability : regulating race through the flow and quality of immigration and the application of western water law in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries / Tom I. Romero II
  • Jurisdictional no man's land : Choctaws, lawyers, and the coal question in Indian Territory / Brian Frehner
  • The courtroom as legal borderland : colonial encounters between western and indigenous legal tradition in the courts of the Alaska district, 1902-1903 / Andrea Geiger
  • Reforming deportees : imprisonment and immigration control during the 1930s / Kelly Lytle Hernández
  • The specter of compensation : Mexican claims against the United States, 1923-1941 / Allison Powers Useche
  • Negotiating race : the legal borderlands of court-ordered desegregation in Denver, Colorado / Danielle R. Olden.
Description
xiii, 368 pages ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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