Border games : policing the U.S.-Mexico divide


Border games : policing the U.S.-Mexico divide

Peter Andreas

(Cornell studies in political economy / edited by Peter J. Katzenstein)(Cornell paperbacks)

Cornell University Press, 2009

2nd ed

  • : pbk

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Includes bibliographical references and index



The U.S.-Mexico border is the busiest in the world, the longest and most dramatic meeting point of a rich and poor country, and the site of intense confrontation between law enforcement and law evasion. Border control has changed in recent years from a low-maintenance and politically marginal activity to an intensive campaign focusing on drugs and migrant labor. Yet the unprecedented buildup of border policing has taken place in an era otherwise defined by the opening of the border, most notably through NAFTA. This contrast creates a borderless economy with a barricaded border. In the updated and expanded second edition of his essential book on policing the U.S.-Mexico border, Peter Andreas places the continued sharp escalation of border policing in the context of a transformed post-September 11 security environment. As Andreas demonstrates, in some ways it is still the same old border game but more difficult to manage, with more players, played out on a bigger stage, and with higher stakes and collateral damage.


PART I. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND 1. The Escalation of Border Policing 2. The Political Economy of Global Smuggling PART II. POLICING AND SMUGGLING ACROSS THEU.S.-MEXICO BORDER 3. Creating the Clandestine Side of the Border Economy 4. The Escalation of Drug Control 5. The Escalation of Immigration Control PART III. EXTENSIONS AND CONCLUSIONS 6. Policing the External Borders of the New Europe 7. Borders Restated Afterword: Border Games in a New Security Context Index

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