Trabajos originales de investigación

Etnografía carcelaria en tiempos de pandemia: Examinando la detención y deportación de migrantes durante el COVID-19


  • Ulla D. Berg Universidad de Rutgers, New Brunswick
  • Sarah Tosh Universidad de Rutgers, Camden
  • K. Sebastian León Universidad de Rutgers, New Brunswick

Palabras clave:

etnografía, COVID-19, estudios carcelarios, detención de migrantes, deportación


Cada año, el gobierno de los Estados Unidos detiene y deporta a cientos de miles de personas que antes de su deportación son recluidas durante un promedio de 55 días. Los efectos a corto y largo plazo de la pandemia del coronavirus en la detención y deportación de migrantes continúan siendo evaluados en tiempo real, incluyendo una mejor manera de estudiarlo. Este artículo proporciona un análisis puntual sobre la relación entre la aplicación de la Ley de Inmigración y el confinamiento, las emergencias de salud pública y los métodos etnográficos. Esto proporciona dos aportes. El primero es metodológico y se enfoca en los desafíos y oportunidades de los métodos etnográficos en entornos penitenciarios cuando los protocolos relacionados con la pandemia han planteado desafíos adicionales a la etnografía carcelaria presencial. La segunda contribución es empírica y documenta cómo adaptamos métodos etnográficos a un diseño de investigación interdisciplinario y a las exigencias de la pandemia para estudiar la propagación del coronavirus en cuatro centros de detención de migrantes en Nueva Jersey, EE.UU.

Biografía del autor/a

K. Sebastian León, Universidad de Rutgers, New Brunswick


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Berg, U., Tosh, S., & León, K. S. (2022). Trabajos originales de investigación: Etnografía carcelaria en tiempos de pandemia: Examinando la detención y deportación de migrantes durante el COVID-19. Etnografías Contemporáneas, 8(15). Recuperado a partir de