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On the Border
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A stunningly beautiful backdrop where cultures meet and meld, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands is one of the most dynamic regions in the Americas. On the Border is an eclectic collection of essays about this fascinating area of the world and its rich history. Editor Andrew Grant Wood based this new book on a special edition of the Journal of the Southwest that he guest edited. All of the essays were written especially for that project and for the book. Wood has added an expanded introduction to provide context for the essays. Beginning with a treatment on mining and the rise of Tijuana in Baja California, the essays in On the Border examine 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. Editor Drew Wood has also included reviews of The Mexican and Traffic, and a survey of a film genre often dismissed; the narco-ficheras.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Mining Boom in Baja California from 1850 to 1890 and the Emergence of Tijuana as a Border Community Chapter 3 Anticipating the Colonias: Popular Housing in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, 1890-1923 Chapter 4 The Fence and Gates of Ambos Nogales: A Postcard Landscape Exploration Chapter 5 A Note on Homosexuality in Porfirian and Postrevolutionary Northern Mexico Chapter 6 All Night at the Owl: The Social and Political Relations of Mexicali's Red-Light District, 1909-1925 Chapter 7 The "Shame Suicides" and Tijuana Chapter 8 Low-Budget Films for Fronterizos and Mexican Migrants in the United States Chapter 9 Tex-Mex, Cal-Mex, New Mex, or Whose Mex? Notes on the Historical Geography of Southwestern Cuisine Chapter 10 U.S. Ports of Entry on the Mexican Border Chapter 11 Slab City: Squatters' Paradise? Chapter 12 Juan Soldado: Field Notes and Reflections Chapter 13 The Oaxacan Enclaves in Los Angeles: A Photo Essay Chapter 14 How Would You Like an El Camino? U.S. Perceptions of Mexico in Two Recent Hollywood Films

About the Author

Andrew Grant Wood is assistant professor of history at the University of Tulsa. His book, Revolution in the Street: Women, Workers, and Urban Protest in Veracruz, 1870-1927 (SR Books, 1999), won the 1999 Michael C. Meyer Prize in Latin American History and the 2001 Thomas E. McGann Memorial Prize. Dr. Wood spent two years as Postdoctoral Historian at the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States ( MEXUS) in Riverside, CA.

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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 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 This eclectic collection of essays explores diverse aspects of life on the U.S.-Mexican border, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The contributions, many by younger scholars and based on solid research, expand and enrich our understanding of life along the border between Mexico and the United States. The collection is also outstanding for the diverse disciplinary and methodological perspectives of the authors, who are from the fields of history, anthropology, and geography. The essays are well-written, engaging, and nicely illustrated with many historic photographs, postcards, maps, and film posters. This collection is a significant advance in border scholarship through its exploration of important but poorly understood aspects of border reality. -- Paul Ganster, San Diego State University

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