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On the Border : Society and Culture Between the United States and Mexico - Andrew Grant Wood

On the Border

Society and Culture Between the United States and Mexico

By: Andrew Grant Wood (Editor)


Published: 1st October 2004
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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 insightful contribution to border studies. In drawing from an interdisciplinary mosaic of academic perspectives and alternative methodologies, Andrew Wood has compiled a volume that begs a fresh look at the development of the social and political relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. Ultimately, the book succeeds in that it encourages even those with a strong background in border studies to reconsider their own perceptions of the region.--Joshua Long, University of Kansas "Cultural Geographies "

Introductionp. vii
The Mining Boom in Baja California from 1850 to 1890 and the Emergence of Tijuana as a Border Communityp. 1
Anticipating the Colonias: Popular Housing in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, 1890-1923p. 31
The Fence and Gates of Ambos Nogales: A Postcard Landscape Explorationp. 43
A Note on Homosexuality in Porfirian and Postrevolutionary Northern Mexicop. 81
All Night at the Owl: The Social and Political Relations of Mexicali's Red-Light District, 1909-1925p. 91
The "Shame Suicides" and Tijuanap. 145
Low-Budget Films for Fronterizos and Mexican Migrants in the United Statesp. 177
Tex-Mex, Cal-Mex, New Mex, or Whose Mex? Notes on the Historical Geography of Southwestern Cuisinep. 199
U.S. Ports of Entry on the Mexican Borderp. 221
Slab City: Squatters' Paradise?p. 241
Juan Soldado: Field Notes and Reflectionsp. 257
The Oaxacan Enclaves in Los Angeles: A Photo Essayp. 269
How Would You Like an El Camino? U.S. Perceptions of Mexico in Two Recent Hollywood Filmsp. 287
Indexp. 295
About the Contributorsp. 301
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ISBN: 9780842051736
ISBN-10: 0842051732
Series: Latin American Silhouettes (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: SPEAR BOOKS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 14.78  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.42