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Crossing Borders
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Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1. The Mexican Side: Discourses of Region Chapter 2. The Mexican Side: Discourses of Nation Chapter 3. The Emplotment of the Mexican on the U.S. Side of the Border Chapter 4. Mexican Immigrants and the "All Poverty Is Mexican" Narrative Plot Chapter 5. Operation Blockade, or When Private Narratives Went Public Chapter 6. Dialogical Social Science and the Possibility of Narrating Better Stories Appendix. Categories, Interpellations, Metaphors, and Narratives: A Brief Theoretical Discussion Notes Bibliography Index

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This pathfinding ethnography charts the social categories, metaphors, and narrative stories that inhabitants of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez use to define their group identity and distinguish themselves from "others."

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Pablo Vila is Professor of Sociology at Temple University in Philadelphia. He conducted this study from 1991 to 1997, while teaching at the University of Texas at El Paso.

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