A stunningly beautiful backdrop where cultures meet, meld, and thrive, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands is one of the most dynamic regions in the Americas. On the Border explores little-known corners of this fascinating area of the world in a rich collection of essays. Beginning with an exploration of mining and the rise of Tijuana, the book examines a number of aspects of the region's social and cultural history, including urban growth and housing, the mysterious underworld of border-town nightlife, a film noir treatment of the Peteet family suicides, borderlands cuisine, the life of squatters, and popular religion. As stimulating as it is lively, On the Border will spark a new appreciation for the range of social and cultural experiences in the borderlands.
On the Border is an exciting and wide-ranging compilation of the most recent and innovative research in interdisciplinary border studies from both the United States and Mexico. It will be extremely useful in a number of courses dealing with border studies, Chicano studies, immigration, and global studies.--Mario T. Garcia, University of California, Santa Barbara