Mexican Voices of the Border Region : Mexicans and Mexican Americans Speak about Living along the Wall

By: Velasco Ortiz, LauraContributor(s): Contreras, Oscar F | del Castillo, SandraMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandVoices of Latin American Life: Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2011Description: 1 online resource (238 p.)ISBN: 9781592139101Subject(s): Mexican Americans --Mexican-American Border Region --Ethnic identity | Mexican Americans --Mexican-American Border Region --Social conditions | Mexican-American Border Region --Emigration and immigration --Social aspects | Mexican-American Border Region --Social conditions | Mexicans --Mexican-American Border Region --Ethnic identity | Mexicans --Mexican-American Border Region --Social conditions | Social ecology --Mexican-American Border RegionGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Mexican Voices of the Border Region : Mexicans and Mexican Americans Speak about Living along the WallDDC classification: 972/.1 LOC classification: F787.V45 2011Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Foreword, by Arthur Schmidt; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Lived Borders; 1. Living on the Agricultural Frontier; 2. Home, Sweet Industrial Home; 3. Sex without Kisses, Love with Abuse; 4. A Straight-Dealing Drug Trafficker; 5. An Indigenous Woman Street Vendor; 6. A Caregiver Commuter; 7. A Border Acrobat; 8. The Mexicali Panther; 9. A Young Mexican American; 10. Guarding the American Dream; Conclusion: Opportunity and Uncertainty; Notes; References; Index
Summary: Every day, 40,000 commuters cross the U.S. Mexico border at Tijuana San Diego to go to work. Untold numbers cross illegally. Since NAFTA was signed into law, the border has become a greater obstacle for people moving between countries. Transnational powers have exerted greater control over the flow of goods, services, information, and people.Mexican Voices of the Border Region examines the flow of people, commercial traffic, and the development of relationships across this border. Through first-person narratives, Laura Velasco Ortiz and Oscar F. Contreras show that since
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Contents; Foreword, by Arthur Schmidt; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Lived Borders; 1. Living on the Agricultural Frontier; 2. Home, Sweet Industrial Home; 3. Sex without Kisses, Love with Abuse; 4. A Straight-Dealing Drug Trafficker; 5. An Indigenous Woman Street Vendor; 6. A Caregiver Commuter; 7. A Border Acrobat; 8. The Mexicali Panther; 9. A Young Mexican American; 10. Guarding the American Dream; Conclusion: Opportunity and Uncertainty; Notes; References; Index

Every day, 40,000 commuters cross the U.S. Mexico border at Tijuana San Diego to go to work. Untold numbers cross illegally. Since NAFTA was signed into law, the border has become a greater obstacle for people moving between countries. Transnational powers have exerted greater control over the flow of goods, services, information, and people.Mexican Voices of the Border Region examines the flow of people, commercial traffic, and the development of relationships across this border. Through first-person narratives, Laura Velasco Ortiz and Oscar F. Contreras show that since

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This in-depth study of the quotidian lives of Mexican dwellers in the Mexico-US borderlands focuses on the triad of border crossers, those who attempted to cross, and those who yearned to cross. The spotlight is the twin city expanse of Tijuana-San Diego. Extensive interviews of women and men present a different portrait of the maligned border imagery. What emerges from the collaborative narratives of researches and interviewees are life experiences that evidence the harshness of the current economic recession and enduring hope amid despair. These life histories expose readers to the pervasiveness of gender, ethnic, and class inequities in Mexican society, which do not vanish at the border line. A balancing forte of the book is the account of US-born children of Mexican immigrants. These life stories illustrate how the border creates a conundrum across a geopolitical line; Mexicans are and are not like one another. Well researched and documented, readable and fascinating. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduates, graduates, and specialists. M. S. Arbelaez University of Nebraska at Omaha

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Laura Velasco Ortiz is Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte. She is the author of Mixtec Transnational Identity, an updated translation of her book El regreso de la comunidad: Migración indígena y agentes étnicos. Los mixtecos en la frontera México-Estados Unidos .

Oscar F. Contreras is a Professor in the Department of Social Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte. He is the author of many articles and books, most recently Aprendizaje tecnológico y desarrollo local: La industria automotriz en el norte de México.

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