Sociopolitics of Migrant Death and Repatriation

Perspectives from Forensic Science

  • Krista E. Latham
  • Alyson J. O'Daniel

Part of the Bioarchaeology and Social Theory book series (BST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Beyond Local Jurisdictions: Science in a Global Web of Relations

  3. Producing and Situating Forensic Science Knowledge

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 173-177

About this book


As scholars have by now long contended, global neoliberalism and the violence associated with state restructuring provide key frameworks for understanding flows of people across national boundaries and, eventually, into the treacherous terrains of the United States borderlands. The proposed volume builds on this tradition of situating migration and migrant death within broad, systems-level frameworks of analysis, but contends that there is another, perhaps somewhat less tidy, but no less important sociopolitical story to be told here. 

Through examination of how forensic scientists define, navigate, and enact their work at the frontiers of US policy and economics, this book joins a robust body of literature dedicated to bridging social theory with bioarchaeological applications to modern day problems. 

This volume is based on deeply and critically reflective analyses, submitted by individual scholars, wherein they navigate and position themselves as social actors embedded within and, perhaps partially constituted by, relations of power, cultural ideologies, and the social structures characterizing this moment in history.

Each contribution addresses a different variation on themes of power relations, production of knowledge, and reflexivity in practice. In sum, however, the chapters of this book trace relationships between institutions, entities, and individuals comprising the landscapes of migrant death and repatriation and considers their articulation with sociopolitical dynamics of the neoliberal state.


forensic science perspectives on migrant death and repatriation US border policy and the changing “geography of death” forensic scientists in humanitarian work application of bioarchaeological science to current problems migrants as a “disposable underclass”

Editors and affiliations

  • Krista E. Latham
    • 1
  • Alyson J. O'Daniel
    • 2
  1. 1.Biology & Anthropology DepartmentsUniversity of IndianapolisIndianapolisUSA
  2. 2.Anthropology DepartmentUniversity of IndianapolisIndianapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-61865-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-61866-1
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