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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2007

HIS 317L • Borders, Boundaries, and Law Enforcement

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39500 F


Course Description

This course is a thematically based course designed to explore the questions stemming from historical process and analysis of borders, boundaries, and authority: that is, different kinds of spaces characterized by particularly rich and conflict-ridden human interaction. The porous and permeable nature of borders demands vigilant monitoring, militarization, and reinforcement of its space. This course will venture into various realities of the border that include smuggling, espionage, immigration, and subversive politics. The course will examine the role and impact authority systems have in the historical, political, and social constructs within the transnational region that is the U.S.-Mexican border. The content of the course will scrutinize various authority institutions, such as the Border Patrol, Texas Rangers, U.S. military, Mexican Rurales, and vigilante groups in the region. As a result, students will be able to engage the region within a multi-dimensional and transnational perspective that can be applied to various border regions around the world.

Grading Policy

Midterm Exam 40% Final Paper 40% Attendance/ Class Discussion 20% (Summaries, Discussion Questions, and overall discussion participation)


Brooks, James. Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands Martênez, Oscar J. Border People: Life and Society in the U.S.-Mexico Bordelands Paredes, Americo. Folklore and Culture on the Texas-Mexican Border A course packet will include the following: Samora, Julian. Gunpowder Justice Vanderwood, Paul J. Disorder and Progress Alonso, Ana Maria. Thread of Blood Dunn, Timothy. The Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1978-1992. Gupta, Akhil. "Blurred Boundaries: The Discourse of Corruption, the Culture of Politics, and the Imagined State." American Ethnologist 22, no.2 (May 1995):375 403. Donnan, Hastings and Thomas M. Wilson, editors. Border Identities: Nation and State at International Frontiers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. Bustamante, Jorge A. Demystifying the United States-Mexico Border. Journal of American History 79, no.2 (1992):485-490. Jones, Oakah L. Jr. The Spanish Borderlands: Introduction. Journal of the West 8, no.1 (1969):1-6. Castaneda, Antonia.  Sexual Violence in the Politics and Policy of Conquest. In Building


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