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Crossing Borders


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Table of Contents

  • 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."

About the Author

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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