Why Walls Wont Work: Repairing the US-Mexico Divide

Paperback | October 20, 2015

byMichael Dear

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Why Walls Won't Work is a sweeping account of life along the United States-Mexico border zone, tracing the border's history of cultural interaction since the earliest Mesoamerican times to the present day. As soon as Mexicans, American settlers, and indigenous peoples came into contact alongthe Rio Grande in the mid-nineteenth century, new forms of interaction and affiliation evolved. By the late-twentieth century, the border states were among the fastest-growing regions in both countries. But as Michael Dear warns, this vibrant zone of economic, cultural and social connectivity istoday threatened by highly restrictive American immigration and security policies as well as violence along the border. The U.S. border-industrial complex and the emerging Mexican narco-state are undermining the very existence of the "third nation" occupying the space between Mexico and the U.S.Through a series of evocative portraits of contemporary border communities, Dear reveals how the promise and potential of this "in-between" nation still endures and is worth protecting. Now with a new chapter updating this story and suggesting what should be done about the challenges confronting the cross-border zone, Why Walls Won't Work represents a major intellectual intervention into one of the most hotly-contested political issues of our era.

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Why Walls Won't Work is a sweeping account of life along the United States-Mexico border zone, tracing the border's history of cultural interaction since the earliest Mesoamerican times to the present day. As soon as Mexicans, American settlers, and indigenous peoples came into contact alongthe Rio Grande in the mid-nineteenth century,...

Michael Dear is Professor of City and Regional Planning in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California-Berkeley. The author/editor of more than a dozen books, he has been a Guggenheim Fellowship holder, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and Fellow at the Rockefell...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:318 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:October 20, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019023525X

ISBN - 13:9780190235253

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Monuments, Mexico and Manifest DestinyPart 1: MAKING THE BORDER2. Maps Without Borders: Continuity and Connection in Early Times3. From Frontier Settlements to Transborder Cities4. Law and Order at the BorderPart 2: RISE OF A THIRD NATION5. Third Nation Before the Wall6. Third Nations of the Mind7. Fortress America8. Mexican Narco-StatePart 3: Third Nation Endures9. Third Nation Interrupted10. Why Walls Won't WorkEpilogueEndnotesBibliographyAcknowledgementsIndex

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"Why Walls Won't Work is an excellent book that offers valuable insight into the forces that fracture the borderlands, or the third nation. Dear's contribution is important and a regional survey of the borderlands. His critiques of the Border Industrial Complex in the United States and thedrug wars in Mexico are especially good." --Journal of Regional Science