El Paso: Local Frontiers at a Global Crossroads

El Paso: Local Frontiers at a Global Crossroads

by Victor M. M. Ortiz-Gonzalez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816640777

ISBN-13: 9780816640775

Pub. Date: 01/13/2004

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Every marker of social difference can be easily interpreted in the fashionable language of "borderlands"-and if so, as Victor M. Ortiz-Gonzalez reveals, the practical reality of the border region is often grossly misrepresented and its people woefully served. He argues that amid the tantalizing abstractions generated by the sweeping reconfigurations of globalization,…  See more details below

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Every marker of social difference can be easily interpreted in the fashionable language of "borderlands"-and if so, as Victor M. Ortiz-Gonzalez reveals, the practical reality of the border region is often grossly misrepresented and its people woefully served. He argues that amid the tantalizing abstractions generated by the sweeping reconfigurations of globalization, people in cities like El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, on the U.S.-Mexican border, are actually living the gritty realities of a new world order.With descriptions of grassroots initiatives to confront the challenges and opportunities that NAFTA represents for the city, El Paso challenges us to acknowledge and address the conceptual and sociopolitical tasks of a world in which abstract representations and nonlocal interests override concrete situations. Ortiz-Gonzalez also provides an in-depth analysis of groups such as La Mujer Obrera, Unite El Paso, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and their attempts to give local residents and workers more autonomy and power. Balancing ethnographic detail with precise theoretical insights, El Paso offers a compelling case study and a stirring call to understand both the conceptual challenge and the social urgency of the effects of globalization in local settings. Victor M. Ortiz-Gonzalez is coordinator of the Mexican and Caribbean Studies Program at Northeastern Illinois University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816640775
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
01/13/2004
Series:
Globalization and Community Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Who Owns the Border?
Introduction: Otherness and Globalization on the U.S.-Mexican Border and Beyond
1Between an Image and a Hard Place1
2Undermining Reality31
3La Vista Grande: The Common Ground of Displacements and Breakthroughs73
4Local Democracy and Global Demography: New Parameters of Community103
Conclusion: El Paso as an Eternal - Yet Not Final - Frontier141
Works Cited161
Index169

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