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Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide (Cornell Studies in Political Economy) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0801475406
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In recent years, the United States and Mexico significantly liberalized trade regulations via the NAFTA treaty while also increasing the policing of the border area to stop the smuggling of people, drugs, and illegal goods. Andreas (Drug War Politics: The Price of Denial) argues that this contradiction serves less to prevent smuggling than to provide a stage for both America and Mexico to reaffirm national identities by demonstrating the ability to protect borders. Individuals in both countries use smuggling and illegal immigration for political gain, while neither nation does much to diminish the demand for drugs or the low-cost labor of illegal aliens. The author provides an excellent overview of the topic of smuggling and makes interesting comparisons between U.S.-Mexico border control and policing in Eastern and Southern Europe. This well-written work adds to the social and cultural focus provided in David Spener and Kathleen Staudt's The U.S.-Mexico Border: Transcending Divisions, Contesting Identities (Lynne Rienne Pub.,1998). Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.DStephen L. Hupp, Urbana Univ., OH
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At a time when economic globalization is seen opening borders throughout the world, the boundary enforcement has intensified along the longest border between a rich and poor country, the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Andreas, a political science professor, maintains that the U.S.-Mexico border is no more threatened now than in the past but that more attention has been focused on border enforcement because of changes in economic and social forces in the U.S. Fear of job loss to immigrants and increased demand on social services for illegal immigrants, from health care to education, as well as concerns about illegal drug trafficking are behind the rising border tensions. But the changing U.S. political climate, with more emphasis on law and order, is a major factor. Andreas offers a broad overview of smuggling immigrants and drugs into the U.S. from Mexico and intensified enforcement efforts. He also examines how border enforcement impacts trade relations with Mexico. On a broader scale, Andreas looks at international trends in smuggling and border enforcement in Europe. Vanessa Bush
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Product Details

  • Series: Cornell Studies in Political Economy
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 2nd edition (April 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801475406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801475405
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very good book in many regards, BUT there has been no effort to update any of the material other than a so so chapter added to the end. The book is full of statements like, "It is expected that in 2001 there will be..." If you want a good analytical discussion of the border in the 1990's this is your book. If you are looking for something current, try something else.
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The book was written a few years ago, but its arguments remain current. A last chapter was written in this new edition to incorporate the post 9-11 world. If you are interested in learning factual and not political arguments about the reality of our borders, grab this book and study it.
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This book really gives a different view to the policing on the Mexican Border and how the United States has evoked many of the events that lead to the consequences we are now dealing with. The author has many resources and is very credited.
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Excellent condition. Really good book on life along the U.S. southern border.
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