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My Border Stories

Barbara Brinson Curiel

in Post-Nationalist American Studies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520224384
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925267 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520224384.003.0009
My Border Stories

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This chapter gives a personal life narrative, where the author of this book reveals that she comes from a family of border-jumpers. The chapter is also concerned with Ethnic Studies and border-crossers. The discussion begins with a study of the various highway signs in California that depict border-crossers. It states that these signs represent the dominant cultural view and the physical reality of border crossing, which is a dangerous activity where one must be swift in order to avoid bodily harm. The chapter also looks at the other signs in American culture with respect to border-crossing, racial identity, and ethnicity, and shows that society is surrounded by border-crossings of the real—as well as the metaphorical—variety. It then focuses on Ethnic Studies, which is the one place in academia where students learn to examine the contradictions of American culture and life.

Keywords: life narratives; border-jumpers; Ethnic Studies; border-crossers; racial identity; contradictions; American culture; American life

Chapter.  10171 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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