and Borderlands - Mexico and the United States
program, Boundaries and Borderlands, introduces
the case study approach of the course. Here we examine
the borderland region between the regions of North America
and Latin America. A journey to Anapara and a Campestre
near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and then across the Rio
Grande to EI Paso, Texas, highlights concepts of geography
that are central to the course: relative location, regions,
scale, and the spatial perspective.
first case study, Twin Cities, Divided Lives,
follows the story of Concha Martinez as she crosses
between the U.S. and Mexico in order to make a life
for herself and her children. It investigates how the
relative locations of border cities influence economic
development and migration.
second case study, Operation Hold the Line,
follows up the question of cross-border migration raised
in the first program. It takes a look at how U.S. border
policy is shaping the lives of not only the people living
in this borderland region, but in more distant U.S.
and Mexican locations as well.
Cities, Divided Lives
Hold the Line
and Informal Regions