Exit Wounds: How America's Guns Fuel Violence across the Border (California Series in Public Anthropology #57) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 57 in the California Series in Public Anthropology series.


Turns the familiar story of trafficking across the US-Mexico border on its head, looking at firearms smuggled south from the United States to Mexico and their ricochet effects.
American guns have entangled the lives of people on both sides of the US-Mexico border in a vicious circle of violence. After treating wounded migrants and refugees seeking safety in the United States, anthropologist Ieva Jusionyte boldly embarked on a journey in the opposite direction—following the guns from dealers in Arizona and Texas to crime scenes in Mexico.
An expert work of narrative nonfiction, Exit Wounds provides a rare, intimate look into the world of firearms trafficking and urges us to understand the effects of lax US gun laws abroad. Jusionyte masterfully weaves together the gripping stories of people who live and work with guns north and south of the border: a Mexican businessman who smuggles guns for protection, a teenage girl turned trained assassin, two US federal agents trying to stop gun traffickers, and a journalist who risks his life to report on organized crime. Based on years of fieldwork, Exit Wounds expands current debates about guns in America, grappling with US complicity in violence on both sides of the border.

About the Author

Ieva Jusionyte is an anthropologist and associate professor at Brown University. A former paramedic and Harvard Radcliffe and Fulbright fellow, she is the author of the award-winning Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border.

Praise For…

"An extraordinarily brave researcher, [Jusionyte] spent years getting to know gun runners, members of critical gangs, law enforcement officials on both sides of the border, and the journalists and community members who have witnessed the terrible toll of U.S.-made guns in Mexico. . . . In her epilogue, Jusionyte makes suggestions for enlightened policies to mitigate the plague of gun violence in Mexico and the ‘border crisis’ caused by people fleeing repression and extortion."
— The Progressive

"It is a must-read in a conversation that is surely to continue heating up."
— The New Abnormal

"A work of remarkable diligence, shrewdness, and empathy that follows the 'iron river' of firearms that flows from north to south; the violence this trade generates; and the players that keep it in motion."
— Harvard Radcliffe Institute

"Jusionyte focuses her narrative overview largely on guns based on multiple interviews with people on every side of gun smuggling, from those trying to prevent illegal exports from the United States to those using the weapons for sport or murder in Mexico. The book reflects her background as an anthropologist and ethnographer and employs the skills of a journalist."
— Revista: Harvard Review of Latin America

Product Details
ISBN: 9780520395954
ISBN-10: 0520395956
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: April 16th, 2024
Pages: 348
Language: English
Series: California Series in Public Anthropology