A lecture and book presentation by Efren Sandoval Hernandez
Transborder infrastructures are the means that facilitate the mobility of people and the circulation of objects across international boundaries. The concept of transborder infrastructure is a metaphor inspired by the mechanisms needed to move and pass through the binational social space and its border. In order to study these infrastructures one needs to observe the trip, the highway, the itinerary. This book explains the experiences of relatives who lend money, offer lodging and presents to visitors from the other side of the border; the practices of consumers from Mexico who visit the mall; Texan pilgrims who travel to receive a blessing and buy handicrafts; entrepreneurs who establish crossborder partnerships; and politicians and policies which seek to economically integrate what is socially integrated already. The home, the mall, the rest stop, the hotel, the customs checkpoint, the bridge, the vans and buses, the drivers, the flea market, the customs and migration officers, the relative, the merchant, the entrepreneur, all of these are the actors and places that organize the Monterrey, Mexico-San Antonio, Texas social space through multiple flows, itineraries and infrastructures.
Lecture in Spanish
Download File: 5-17-13-Infraestructures--vj-ns0.pdf
Sponsor(s): Center for Mexican Studies, CIESAS- El Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social
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