Contesting Historical Enchantment: Militarized Settler Colonialism and Refugee Resettlement in New Mexico

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ABSTRACT

This dissertation provides an interdisciplinary critical study of refugee resettlement to Albuquerque, New Mexico. I argue that refugee resettlement to the United States cannot be understood separately from the ongoing structure of settler colonialism. I analyze Albuquerque’s post-WWII militarized settlement as a settler colonial process of extraction and suburbanization that depended on Native labor and resources to fuel the growing nuclear weapons programs. Albuquerque’s Kirtland Air Force Base played a role not only in displacing and thus producing refugees during the Vietnam War but also in marking Albuquerque as a distinctly militarized geography to which they were resettled. Thousands of refugees from regions of the Global South affected by U.S. militarism, imperialism, counterinsurgency, and warfare have subsequently been housed in the city’s International District, also referred to as the War Zone. Militarized settlement and suburban settler colonialism have contributed to racialized and gendered hierarchies of labor, housing, education and health and they foster uneven exposure to extractive industries, toxic contaminants, nuclear waste, and militarized police violence. Artists and activists contest these structures by working towards demilitarization and decolonization.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

List of Figures …………………………………………………………………………………………………… viii
Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..1
Theories, Methods, and Key Terms ……………………………………………………………….6
Critical Refugee Studies and Comparative Racial Critique ……………………………..17
Demilitarizing and Decolonizing Settler Temporality …………………………………….28
Chapter Overviews…………………………………………………………………………………….33
Chapter One: Back to New Mexico’s Militarized Future: Militarized Fission and Historical Enchantment in Albuquerque’s National Museum of Nuclear Science and History ………36
Militarized Fission and Historical Enchantment…………………………………………….40
The Frontier Past ……………………………………………………………………………………….43
WWII Legacies …………………………………………………………………………………………51
The Cold War Present and Speculative Futures …………………………………………….56
Chapter Two: Patterns and Destinies: Transpacific Entanglements in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony and Suburban Settler Colonialism in Albuquerque ……………………………………68
The Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 ……………………………………………73
Settler Colonialism and Transpacific Entanglements of Empire …………………….. 81
Nuclear Legacies of Militarization and Environmental Injustice ……………………..87
Demilitarized and Decolonial Webs …………………………………………………………….91
Militarized Settlement and Suburban Settler Colonialism ……………………………….96
Chapter Three: Deterred Refuge and the Vietnam War (1975-1979) …………………………113
Relocation ………………………………………………………………………………………………117
The Vietnam War and Militarized Refuge…………………………………………………..123

The Militarized City …………………………………………………………………………………127
Resettlement/Unsettlement ……………………………………………………………………….130
Chapter Four: From War Zone to International District …………………………………………..145
What’s in a Name? …………………………………………………………………………………..149
The Real ID: Contestations of Place, Space, and Mourning …………………………. 161
Conclusion: Never Again Is Now …………………………………………………………………………180
REFERENCES …………………………………………………………………………………………………192

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Author

CHRISTINA JUHÁSZ-WOOD

No of Chapters

4

No of Pages

210

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