The people of El Salvador have been experiencing a reordering of nation-state control over territory in two different, but inexorably linked contexts: the transnational migration corridor from Central America through Mexico and the United States, and a fragmented urban environment controlled by street gangs. Linking the lived experience of clandestine border crossings with the experience of the fragmented city, I explore variation in the social imagination of multiple borders: boundaries set by street gangs, boundaries set by nation-states, and boundaries set by gated communities. In this paper, I draw on preliminary fieldwork to outline an approach for understanding citizenship within the dual context of globalization and fragmentation.
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