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Borderless Borders
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This new reality -- the Latinization of the United States -- is driven by forces that reach well beyond U.S. borders. It asserts itself demographically, politically, in the workplace, and in daily life. The perception that Latinos are now positioned to help bring about change in the Americas from within the United States has taken hold, sparking renewed interest and specific initiatives by hemispheric governments to cultivate new forms of relationships with emigrant communities.

Borderless Borders describes the structural processes and active interventions taking place inside and outside U.S. Latino communities. After a context-setting introduction by urban planner Rebecca Morales, the contributors focus on four themes.  Economist Manuel Pastor Jr., urban sociologist Saskia Sassen, and political scientist Carol Wise look at emerging forms of global and transnational interdependence and at whether they are likely to produce individuals who are economically independent or simply more dependent. Sociologist Jorge Chapa, social anthropologist Maria P. Fernandez Kelly, and economist Edwin Melendez examine the negative impact of economic and political restructuring within the United States,especially within Latino communities. Performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Pena, legal scholar Gerald Torres, political scientist Maria de los Angeles Torres, and modern language specialist Silvio Torres-Saillant consider the implications -- for community formation, citizenship, political participation, and human rights -- of the fact that individuals are forced to construct identities for themselves in more than one sociopolitical setting. Finally, sociologist Jeremy Brecher, sociologist Frank Bonilla, and political scientist Pedro Caban speculate on new paths into international relations and issue-oriented social movements and organizations among these mobile populations. To supplement the written contributions, Painter Bibiana Suarez has chosen several artworks that contribute to the interdisciplinary scope of the book.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface: Changing the Americas from Within the United States
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. 1. Dependence or Interdependence: Issues and Policy Choices Facing Latin Americans and Latinos
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Part 1: Global Interdependence
  2. p. 15
  1. 2. Interdependence, Inequality, and Identity: Linking Latinos and Latin Americans
  2. pp. 17-33
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  1. 3. Trading Places: U.S. Latinos and Trade Liberalization in the Americas
  2. pp. 35-51
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  1. 4. The Transnationalization of Immigration Policy
  2. pp. 53-67
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  1. Part II: The Reconfigured United States
  2. p. 69
  1. 5. The Burden of Interdependence: Demographic, Economic, and Social Prospects for Latinos in the Reconfigured U.S.Economy
  2. pp. 71-82
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  1. 6. From Estrangement to Affinity: Dilemmas of Identity Among Hispanic Children
  2. pp. 83-104
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  1. 7. The Economic Development of El Barrio
  2. pp. 105-127
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  1. Part III: The Politics and Identity of Diaspora
  2. p. 129
  1. 8. 1995 - Terreno Peligroso/Danger Zone: Cultural Relations Between Chicanos and Mexicans at the End of the Century
  2. pp. 131-137
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  1. 9. Visions of Dominicanness in the United States
  2. pp. 139-152
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  1. 10. The Legacy of Conquest and Discovery: Meditations on Ethnicity, Race, and American Politics
  2. pp. 153-168
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  1. 11. Transnational Political and Cultural Identities: Crossing Theoretical Borders
  2. pp. 169-182
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  1. Part IV: Reaching for the Civil Society on a Global Scale
  2. p. 183
  1. 12. Popular Movements and Economic Globalization
  2. pp. 185-193
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  1. 13. The New Synthesis of Latin American and Latino Studies
  2. pp. 195-215
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  1. 14. Rethinking Latino/Latin American Interdependence: New Knowing, New Practice
  2. pp. 217-230
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 231-275
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  1. About the Illustrations
  2. pp. 277-278
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 279-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-290
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