Passing: Two Publics In A Mexican Border City by Rihan YehPassing: Two Publics In A Mexican Border City by Rihan Yeh

Passing: Two Publics In A Mexican Border City

byRihan Yeh

Paperback | December 13, 2017

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Tijuana is the largest of Mexico’s northern border cities, and although it has struggled during the United States’ dramatic escalation of border enforcement, it nonetheless remains deeply connected with California by one of the largest, busiest international ports of entry in the world. In Passing, Rihan Yeh probes the border’s role in shaping Mexican senses of self and collectivity. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, Yeh examines a range of ethnographic evidence: public demonstrations, internet forums, popular music, dinner table discussions, police encounters, workplace banter, intensely personal interviews, and more.  Through these everyday exchanges, she shows how the promise of passage and the threat of prohibition shape Tijuana’s communal sense of “we” and throw into relief long-standing divisions of class and citizenship in Mexico.
Out of the nitty-gritty of quotidian talk and interaction in Tijuana, Yeh captures the dynamics of desire and denial that permeate public spheres in our age of transnational crossings and fortified borders. Original and accessible, Passing is a timely work in light of current fierce debates over immigration, Latin American citizenship, and the US-Mexico border.
Rihan Yeh is professor at the Centro de Estudios Antropológicos of the Colegio de Michoacán in Mexico.  
Title:Passing: Two Publics In A Mexican Border CityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:December 13, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022651191X

ISBN - 13:9780226511917

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Table of Contents

Note on Translations, Transcriptions, and Pseudonyms


I: Passage/Prohibition
1: The Line
2: Inés’s “I”
The Assembly Plant
3: The Place Where Anything Can Happen
4: “They Say” in the Country Club

II: Prohibition/Passage
5: Clase Media and Pueblo before the Law
The Visa Interview
6: Passes
7: The Street Is a River
8: The Stone

Appendix: Interview Excerpts from Chapter 2


Editorial Reviews

“Passing is a rich ethnography of social lives in Tijuana, the Mexico–United States border city, which are profoundly complicated and fractured by global capitalism, class relations, and nationalism. Yeh writes with a creative and poetic combination of rigor and playfulness; her narrative voice is intimate and personal and yet avoids sentimentality. Her work is also imbued with a deep sense of sobriety that powerfully captures the everyday precariousness of people on the border, for whom ‘passing’ shapes their mode of being.”