Why Walls Won't Work Repairing the US-Mexico Divide

ISBN-10: 0199897980

ISBN-13: 9780199897988

Edition: 2013

Authors: Michael Dear

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Today, when one thinks of the border separating the United States from Mexico, what comes to mind is a war zone - with violent, poverty-ridden towns, cities, and maquiladoras on one side and an increasingly militarized network of barriers and surveillance systems on the other. But as theacclaimed urbanist and geographer Michael Dear reveals in this fascinating book, it was not always this way. In fact, from the end of the Mexican-American War until the late twentieth century, the border was a very porous and loosely regulated region. In this sweeping account of life within the United States-Mexican border zone, Dear traces the border's long history of cultural interaction, beginning with the numerous Mesoamerican tribes of the region. But, as Dear warns in his bracing study, this vibrant zone of cultural and social amalgamationis endangered both by highly restrictive American policies and the violence along Mexico's side of the border. Through a series of evocative portraits of contemporary border communities, he shows that a "third nation," occupied by both Americans and Mexicans, still exists, and the potential forcultivating it remains. Combining a broad historical perspective and a commanding overview of present-day problems, Why Walls Won't Work is a major intellectual intervention into one of the most hotly contested political issues of our time.
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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 2/20/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Monuments, Mexico, and Manifest Destiny
Maps without Borders: Continuity and Connection in Early Times
From Frontier Settlements to Transborder Cities
Law and Order at the Border
Third Nation before the Wall
Third Nation of the Mind
Fortress USA
Mexico: Narco-State or Failed State?
Third Nation Interrupted
Why Walls Won't Work
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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