Social Justice in the US-Mexico Border Region

Chapter

Abstract

This chapter introduces the book and its conceptual framework. The US-Mexico border region is defined as a geographic, economic, cultural, and social region that is affected by systematic social and economic injustice that has resulted in the social and economic problems that are evident throughout the region, including poverty, health inequities, and low-wage assembly, service, and agricultural employment. The endemic poverty coexists with institutional racism and gender violence. The region, while populated by resilient families and communities that have long confronted governmental neglect and social isolation, is at the periphery of the American economy. A brief summary of the history of the US-Mexico border region is included. The border region is distinct in its Mexican-American majority population, its location on a semi-porous border through which people and commodities flow under the close scrutiny of a huge law enforcement presence that further marginalizes residents on each side of the border. This chapter describes the social construction of events on the border as a “moral panic” in which immigrants are caricatured and the drug war is seen in apocalyptic terms.

Keywords

Social Justice Border Region North American Free Trade Agreement Moral Panic Black Belt 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Work, College of Health SciencesUniversity of Texas at El PasoEl PasoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of Texas at El PasoEl PasoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Social WorkUniversity of Texas at El PasoEl PasoUSA

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