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    World & Culture

    Mexican manhood and border violence

    By Christopher Palmer and Christina Murrey
    Christopher Palmer and Christina Murrey
    Published: July 19, 2010

    In this first installment of the “Border Views” video series, Anthropology Professor Cecilia Balli discusses the new models of Mexican manhood and how they contribute to violence.

    Balli studies the sexual murder of women in Ciudad Juárez, the construction of a border fence and the Mexican anti-drug campaign. She is an award-winning journalist with Texas Monthly magazine and is working on a book about the border fence in the Rio Grande Valley.

    Watch two more videos with Professor Balli from the first installment of “Border Views”:

    About the video series

    As Americans continue to debate immigration reform, border enforcement and Arizona’s recent legislation, experts from The University of Texas at Austin are offering their viewpoints on these issues through a series of online videos.

    Each week, “Border Views” will showcase a different faculty member discussing such topics as the history of illegal immigration, the pros and cons of the Arizona law, the unusual political alliances that have developed around this debate and the media’s role in covering it.

    Visit the “Border Views” main page for a complete lineup of our experts’ videos.

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      longtimelonghorn said on Aug. 3, 2011 at 5:33 p.m.
      OK LETS MAKE SOME MONEY ON ANY NON USA CITZENS UNDOCUMENTED PERSONS WITHOUT CRIMINAL HISTORY!!! Anyone who enter America illegally or illegally with a expired visa/ passport, and can show proof of being in the USA for 5years: Lets welcome them with open arms only after doing and passing a criminal background check and charging US Citzen Naturalzation Documentation Processing Fee of $3,000.00 since the have paid no taxes since they have been here. Freedom is worth every cent and to persue better oppertunites!!! Companies hiring or sponsoring non USA citzens must pay a one time fee of $10,000.00 per person. At the end of a 5year working history with that company with proof, that person automatically become a USA citzen after passing a second Homeland Security Background Check and paying a USA citzen Naturalization Documentation Processing Fee. $3000.00 All person with a criminal history or charge must be deported immediately, and charge with a felony and with a permenent no reentry into the USA. Their country charge with a deportation fee of $5.000. Monies collected from this Immigration Reform could be send to improve and update the immagration process, aide in Homeland Security sharing data with to speed up the criminal background checks and help finance and develpe better education and schools on all levels in the USA.
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      Jesus Rubio said on July 23, 2010 at 2:09 p.m.
      Having been raised on the border, worked in Mexico and married a Mexican national, being mannerly was the masculine sign of a man who although strong always deferred out of respect for gender. Today that notion and tradition no longer exists. "Ya not hay caballeros".
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      Celeste said on July 22, 2010 at 2:33 p.m.
      I hope Dr. Balli will be invited to more talk shows to discuss these issues in an informed way. What is out there in the media now comes mostly from talking heads who have no experience at all in researching topics for real information; they are mostly entertainers. I hope they will invite Dr. Balli and people like her who have working knowledge of these issues to speak and enlighten others about the situation. I commend the University for supporting an endeavor such as this.
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      cmcd8 said on July 22, 2010 at 11:58 a.m.
      These are very interesting and informative videos. With regard to the 2nd video, does the Mexican government feel that Americans have the human right to move south of the border freely for jobs there and allow it, or do they only feel the Mexicans should have the right to come north for work? In my opinion whatever standard is set up should work both ways, even if actual movements are predominantly in one direction.
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      T Millican said on July 22, 2010 at 5:49 a.m.
      Very intellectually stimulating video. If you are doing more please discuss your thoughts on if the U.S. will actually secure the borders and then increase legal immigration how that will affect the violence, drugs and human trafficking and how it will effect the economic structure of the border towns. Thanks.
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      DNR said on July 19, 2010 at 10:05 p.m.
      I enjoyed the 3-part video series from Professor Balli. Growing up in a border town, I found the series intellectually interesting.
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