Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Note on Terminology

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pp. xi-xii

Social identity labels can be both elucidating and confusing. At the level of academic discourse, scholars often strive for simplicity and clarity. For example, “Mexicans,” “Mexican immigrants,” and “Mexican Americans” may be used to reference three distinct groups of people. However...

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xx

Perhaps, at some point, all scholarship has its root in the autobiographical. This book certainly feels so. I was born outside of Chicago, Illinois, two hundred years after the United States declared independence, over one hundred years after the end of slavery, approximately...

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Introduction: Chicana/o Studies and the Whiteness Problem; or, Toward a Mapping of Whiteness on the Border

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pp. 1-32

Example 1. A novel, Cormac McCarthy’s Cities of the Plain: John Grady Cole travels across the border, falls in love with a fourteen-year-old epileptic Mexican prostitute, and dies on the streets of Juarez at the hand of a knife-wielding pachuco pimp who declares, “Your kind cannot bear that the...

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1. What Did They Call Them after They Called Them “Greasers”? A Genealogy and Taxonomy of the Mexican Other

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pp. 33-72

A basic precept of this critical endeavor: the figure of the Mexican Other has long been and continues to be central to the formation of whiteness on the border. For some, this may be a mundane statement—of course, there is a long tradition of Mexican stereotyping in...

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2. “They Are Coming to Conquer Us!” The Nativist Aztlán, and the Fears and Fantasies of Whiteness

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pp. 73-106

Anxieties about a potential or ongoing Mexican invasion, framed around the national incorporation of Mexican-descent people, have long pervaded the U.S. racial imagination. In the lead-up to and during the U.S.-Mexican War, nativists warned that national expansion would...

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3. With Friends Like These: The Supremacist Logic of Saviorism

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pp. 107-154

In the summer of 2014, more than sixty thousand unaccompanied minors made their way from home countries in Latin America to the Texas-Mexico border. The vast majority came from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.1 U.S. Customs and Border Protection was...

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4. Deep in the Heart of Whiteness: White Desire and the Political Potential of Love

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pp. 155-198

One of the most popular and enduring songs of the late twentieth century, Jimmy Buffett’s 1977 “Margaritaville” is seemingly ubiquitous. It is probably fair to suggest that most white people in the United States over the age of thirty know the tune if not the words. This line where...

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Conclusion: Imagining and Working toward Gringostroika

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pp. 199-216

It is late February 2015, and I am headed to the Disneyland of anti-Mexican racialization. South of the Border is a Mexican-themed tourist trap located in Dillon, South Carolina, that lures travelers on their way to Myrtle Beach or otherwise traveling the New York City–Florida corridor...

Notes

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pp. 217-246

Bibliography

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pp. 247-262

Index

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pp. 263-266

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About the Author

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p. 267

Lee Bebout is Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University, where he is affiliated with the School of Transborder Studies and the Program in American Studies. He is the author of Mythohistorical Interventions: The Chicano Movement and Its Legacies (2011).