Theorizing border inspections

A. Lugo

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The purpose of this article is to reconsider the 'border crossings' theoretical concept through an analysis of two seemingly unrelated social domains in the El Paso-Juarez region: skin-color preference and crossings at the local US inspection station. Ultimately, the article attempts to show that 'border inspections' are all-pervasive and, therefore, more common than border crossings in the lives of working class people.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-373
Number of pages21
JournalCultural Dynamics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000



  • Borderlands
  • Color hierarchies
  • Inspections
  • Internal borders
  • Maquiladora men

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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