This interdisciplinary collection brings together essays on the cultural effects of globalization at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders. Artists, activists, and scholars from American Studies, anthropology, Chicano studies, English, folklore, history, and political science examine a wide range of cultural practices in border areas, including cross-border shopping, migration, and transnational media spectatorship. Contributors focus on a variety of border crossers and residents, such as Mexican migrants in the American Southwest, indigenous peoples in the Lake Ontario region, undocumented Chinese immigrants at the U.S.-Canada border, environmental groups in Arizona, NAFTA-displaced women laborers in Texas, squatter communities in Baja California, and maquiladora workers in Chihuahua.
"Exceptional for the outstanding quality and internal coherence of the articles included throughout, Globalization on the Line is a timely and consistent critique of the all too-facile"global multiculturalism" that has dominated academic discourse since Gloria Anzaldua's publication of Borderlands. T he contributors question the validity of "theorizing from the border" when in fact the border, as a place, remains largely unstudied and unknown. [U]nusual for its dual focus on both the U.S.-Canada and the U.S.-Mexico borders, Globalization on the Line will be not only necessary reading in cultural studies courses but it will shape our discussions in the field in the years to come." - Silvia Spitta, author ofBetween Two Waters: Narratives of Transculturation in Latin America
"In this collection Sadowski-Smith has brought together an exciting range of essays by scholars, artists, and activists on culture and globalization. The strength of this collection is in the essays; it is not so much a "new take" on globalization and culture as it is a close look at a variety of cultural practices in which the effects of globalization are especially visible." - Priscilla Wald, author of Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form