Home > Society & social sciences > Politics & Current Events > Political science & theory > Unequal Neighbors
Unequal Neighbors

Unequal Neighbors

  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star

International Edition

About the Book

San Diego and Tijuana are the site of a national border enforcement spectacle, but they are also neighboring cities with deeply intertwined histories, cultures, and economies. In Unequal Neighbors, Kristen Hill Maher and David Carruthers shift attention from the national border to a local one, examining the role of place stigma in reinforcing actual and imagined inequalities between these cities. Widespread bordered imaginaries in San Diego represent it as a place of economic vitality, safety, and order, while stigmatizing Tijuana as a zone of poverty, crime, and corruption. These dualisms misrepresent complex realities on the ground, but they also have real material effects: the vision of a local border benefits some actors in the region while undermining others.

Based on a wide range of original empirical materials, the book examines how asymmetries between these cities have been produced and reinforced through stigmatizing representations of Tijuana in media, everyday talk, economic relations, and local tourism discourse and practices. However, both place stigma and borders are subject to contestation, and the book also examines debordering practices and counter-narratives about Tijuana's image. While the details of the book are particular to this corner of the world, the kinds of processes it documents offer a window into the making of unequal neighbors more broadly. The dynamics at the Tijuana border present a framework for understanding how inequalities that manifest in cultural practices produce asymmetric borders between places.

About the Author:
Kristen Hill Maher is Associate Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University.

David Carruthers is Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University.

Best Sellers

Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780197557198
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Height: 159 mm
  • No of Pages: 364
  • Spine Width: 25 mm
  • Width: 241 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0197557198
  • Publisher Date: 16 Apr 2021
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Weight: 700 gr

Similar Products

Write A Review
Write your own book review for Unequal Neighbors
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star



Top Reviews
Be the first to write a review on this book Unequal Neighbors

New Arrivals

Inspired by your browsing history