Social Justice in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region

  • Mark Lusk
  • Kathleen Staudt
  • Eva Moya

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction and Conceptual Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mark Lusk, Kathleen Staudt, Eva M. Moya
      Pages 3-38
  3. Critical Perspectives on the Border Region

  4. Problems and Opportunities on the US-Mexico Border

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Guillermina Gina Núñez-Mchiri
      Pages 109-125
    3. Griselda Villalobos, Arthur A. Islas
      Pages 145-159
    4. Sara E. Grineski, Patricia M. Juárez-Carrillo
      Pages 179-198
  5. Moving Forward: Steps in Achieving Border Justice

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 271-286

About this book


The U.S.-Mexico Border Region is among the poorest geographical areas in the United States. The region has been long characterized by dual development, poor infrastructure, weak schools, health disparities and low-wage employment. More recently, the region has been affected by the violence associated with a drug and crime war in Mexico. The premise of this book is that the U.S.-Mexico Border Region is subject to systematic oppression and that the so-called social pathologies that we see in the region are by-products of social and economic injustice in the form of labor exploitation, environmental racism, immigration militarism, institutional sexism and discrimination, health inequities, a political economy based on low-wage labor, and the globalization of labor and capital. The chapters address a variety of examples of injustice in the areas of environment, health disparity, migration unemployment, citizenship, women and gender violence, mental health, and drug violence. The book proposes a pathway to development.


Anti-immigrant sentiment Economic Development in the United States Life in the U.S.-Mexico Border Social Justice on U.S.-Mexico border affairs US-Mexican Border Studies United States and Mexico

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark Lusk
    • 1
  • Kathleen Staudt
    • 2
  • Eva Moya
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Health SciencesUniversity of TexasEl PasoUSA
  2. 2., Department of Political ScienceUniversity of TexasEl PasoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Social WorkUniversity of TexasEl PasoUSA

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