Title

The Border as a Life Experience: Identities, Asymmetry and Border Crossing between Mexico and the United States

La frontera como experiencia vital: Identidades, asimetría y cruce fronterizo entre México y Estados Unidos

Author

MATILDE LAURA VELASCO ORTIZ

OSCAR FERNANDO CONTRERAS MONTELLANO

Access level

Open Access

Summary or description

This article analyzes the effects of the Mexico-United States geopolitical border in social

and cultural differentiation, using the crossing experience as the analytical core. Based in

60 life histories of residents of the Mexico-USA border region, a typology of life experiences

structured around border crossing is developed, including a wide range of life experiences,

from those that involve never having crossed the border to those that are precisely the product

of border crossing. The experienced border encompasses the subjectified experience

of the region, integrating both the meaning of crossing and the structural elements that

historically have defined the border: proximity, asymmetry, and interaction.

En este artículo se examina el efecto diferenciador de la frontera geopolítica, abordando la

experiencia vital del cruce fronterizo como núcleo analítico para explorar la relación entre

fronteras territoriales y socioculturales. Con base en 60 relatos de vida de residentes de la

región fronteriza México-Estados Unidos desarrollamos una tipología que intenta captar la

diferenciación de las experiencias de la frontera estructuradas en torno al cruce. La noción

de frontera vivida involucra la experiencia subjetivada de la región, integrando tanto el

significado del cruce como los elementos estructurales que históricamente han definido a la

región fronteriza: proximidad, asimetría e interacción.

Publish date

2014

Publication type

Article

Publication version

Published Version

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Audience

General public

Citation suggestion

Velasco Ortiz, Matilde Laura y Contreras Montellano Oscar Fernando, 2014, "La frontera como experiencia vital: identidades, asimetría y cruce fronterizo entre México y Estados Unidos (the Border as a Life Experience: Identity, Asymmetry, and Border Crossing between Mexico and the United Sates)", Frontera Norte, México, vol. 26, núm. especial 3: XXV Aniversario, pp. 37-56.

Source repository

Repositorio Institucional de El Colegio de la Frontera Norte

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