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The word "borderlands" brings to mind images of high mountain deserts, saguaro cactus, and a century or more of academic study by some of the academy''s noteworthy intellects. Rarely would one think in terms of borderlands studies and the 49th parallel--that is, until this collection of essays written by scholars, many of them young academics,
in a variety of fields. This work will cause many scholars to revise their definition of the term "borderlands" to include this region. The authors examine topics as diverse as the region itself, delving into everything from geography to labor to criminal justice. The results introduce a region whose historical development has been multidimensional and unique.
The results will also serve to suggest new directions for those who study that "other" borderland. This reviewer would be remiss if she did not applaud the exceptional suggested readings accompanying each section. Too bad the editor did not see fit to compile these into a single document. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.
--L. Graves, South Plains College