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The Borders of PunishmentMigration, Citizenship, and Social Exclusion$
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Katja Franko Aas and Mary Bosworth

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669394.001.0001

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The Social Bulimia of Forced Repatriation: A Case Study of Dominican Deportees

The Social Bulimia of Forced Repatriation: A Case Study of Dominican Deportees

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(p.201) 11 The Social Bulimia of Forced Repatriation: A Case Study of Dominican Deportees
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The Borders of Punishment
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David C. Brotherton

Luis Barrios

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669394.003.0012

This chapter analyzes the immigration/deportation process through the concept of social bulimia. Drawing on life history interviews with Dominican deportees conducted in the Dominican Republic and the United States during the years 2002–2010, as well as in situ field observations of deportees and archival research related to Dominican deportation and the settlement of that community, the chapter focuses on three stages of the bulimic cycle: the seduction of the American Dream, Integration, and Othering; blurred boundaries, drifting, and pathways to crime; and the vindictiveness of prison and deportation.

Keywords:   migration policy, illegal immigrants, Dominican Republic, deportees, American Dream, crime, prison, deportation, immigration process

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