In the aspiring global cities of Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, people generate income and develop their housing informally on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Staudt analyzes women and men in low- and middle-income neighborhoods in the core an in the old and new peripheries of two cities that straddle an international border. Residents counter national and international influences to build shelter and incomes, albeit meager. But the political machinery of both the U.S. and Mexico constrains the ability of these quintessential free traders to build political communities and organize around self-sufficient work and housing in visible ways. Experiences at the border, along the central gateway for capital, job, and labor movement, offer insights to readers as the globalized economy spreads and engulfs the heartlands of both the U.S. and Mexico. People\u2019s everyday victories in countering petty regulations can counter or feed the grand global hegemonies.
Kathleen Staudt is Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas, El Paso. She is the author or editor of Political Science and Feeminism: Integration or Transformaion? (with William Weaver), Managing Development, and Women, International Development, and Politics: The Bureaucratic Mire, first and second editions (Temple).
CONTENTS List of Illustrations Preface and Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Introduction: Culture, Politic, and Informal Economies at the U.S.-Mexico Border Chapter 2 Gazing at Space: Borders, Institutions, Informality, and Political Community Chapter 3 Contextualizing a Border Global City: Juarez-El Paso Chapter 4 Finding and Making Work Within and Across Borders: The Informal Underbelly at the Border Chapter 5 Moving Within and Across Borders for Land and Shelter Chapter 6 Getting Public Services: Reflections on Political Community in the Urban Peripheries Chapter 7 Engaging Political Community: Surveillance, Public Accountability, and Seeds Across the Border Chapter 8 Moving from the Border to the Mainstram: Conclusions and Implications Notes Index