Human Organization

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Articles from Vol. 60, No. 2, Summer

Beyond the Border: Nation-State Encroachment, NAFTA, and Offshore Control in the U.S.-Mexican Mango Industry
Although the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) controls the entrance of fruits and vegetables at the U.S.Mexico border, the encroachment of this agency into Mexico and its offshore control of commodity production and distribution are not...
Class and Classification at the U.S.-Mexico Border
U.S. immigration and nationality law is viewed as a set of classifications that contribute to the transfer of value between classes. An anthropological approach to the symbolic classificatory process is outlined, emphasizing its performance in situations...
Close-Ups of Postnationalism: Reports from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
Postnational globalization invents forms of production and creates urban landscapes to contain them. One locus for this process is the indistinct border zone between the United States and Mexico. The forbidding physical character of the region, and its...
Co-Opting Justice: Transformation of a Multiracial Environmental Coalition in Southern Alabama
Between 1996 and 1998, plans to construct one of the nation's largest phenol plants near Mobile, Alabama, generated intense local opposition. Mobile Bay Watch, a movement originating among upper-middle-class whites, sought support from a nearby African...
Cows, Condos, and the Contested Commons: The Political Ecology of Ranching on the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands
Despite the rapid urbanization of the Arizona-Sonora borderlands, cattle ranching continues to play a major, if increasingly contested, political, economic, and ecological role in the region. Unlike other industries, technological manipulation has failed...
Learning to Clap: Reflections on Top-Down versus Bottom-Up Development
This paper draws on the experience of the World Bank in rural and urban development during the 1970s and 1980s to explain why neither predominantly top-down nor bottom-up approaches have succeeded-nor indeed deserved to-or can be expected to succeed...
The AIDS Epidemic in Malawi and Its Threat to Household Food Security
AIDS is one of the factors that threaten household food security in rural Malawi. Interviews with respondents from a random sample of 65 rural Malawi households suggest that the threat of AIDS to household food security lies in its impact on social immunity,...
The Future of an Imagined Community: Trailer Parks, Tree Huggers, and Trinational Forces Collide in the Southern Arizona Borderlands
Surviving small towns in southern Arizona have diversified to occupy a variety of specialized niches. Each responds to the needs of the nearby urban centers or to sectors of the broader and more remote public of visitors, vacationers, and transients....
The World Bank and Its Emerging Knowledge Empire
This paper critically examines the emerging knowledge agenda at the World Bank. From the publication of the World Development Report 1998-99 on "Knowledge for Development" to present discussions around the Global Development Gateway, the World Bank is...
Time, Space, and Articulation in the Economic Development of the U.S.-Mexico Border Region from 1940 to 2000
Concepts of world-system and articulation of modes of production are used to analyze the economic development of the U.S.Mexico border region. The designation of centers and of periphery, semiperiphery, and core depends on the nature of the economic...
Toward a Contemporary Understanding of the United States-Mexico Border: A Preface
The following essays focus on the United States-Mexico border at a time when the geopolitical frontier between these countries is becoming increasingly important. Mexico's recent presidential election upset the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI),...