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Passing: Two Publics in a Mexican Border City

Rihan Yeh


Tijuana is the largest of Mexico’s northern border cities, and despite the US’s dramatic escalation of border enforcement, it remains deeply connected with California by one of the busiest international ports of entry in the world. Drawing on extensive ethnographic research, Passing probes the US-Mexico border’s influence on senses of self and collectivity here. Two publics, it argues, take shape in the shadow of the border. The clase media or “middle class” strives to enact the ideals of liberal publicity: informed, rational debate grounded in an upstanding “I.” The border, however, destabili ... More

Keywords: collectivity, publics, public sphere, borders, class, pueblo, middle class, Tijuana, US-Mexico border, Mexico

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226511887
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226512075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rihan Yeh, author
Colegio de Michoacán