ERIC Number: ED430746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
On the Border of Opportunity: Education, Community, and Language at the U.S.-Mexico Line. Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education.
Pugach, Marleen C.
The U.S.-Mexican border is an extensive geographical region that is socially and economically distinct from either the United States or Mexico. It has always been a multilingual and multicultural place. This book examines the social and cultural complexities of life in one small rural border town and its high school. Chapter 1 describes Havens, New Mexico, and its interdependence with its Mexican neighbors. Chapter 2 introduces three "cultural mediators," two students and one teacher from Havens High School. These individuals are highly conscious of their border-bound lives and work actively to mediate between their local and Mexican cultures. Chapter 3 presents the language landscape in the community and in the schools, focusing on the uses of Spanish and English. This is followed by a specific description of the district's bilingual education programs in chapter 4. Chapter 5 introduces the social structure of the high school and describes student interactions across cultural lines. Chapter 6 presents an alternative metaphor for thinking about the border, and identifies markers of opportunity that already exist in Havens as it works toward defining what it means to be a bicultural and binational community. The epilogue reviews progress in bicultural relations, the effect of new U.S. immigration laws, and how hospitality has been the foundation of Havens' cross-border relationships. Contains 35 references, notes, and an index. (Author/TD)
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Bilingualism, Community Relations, Community Study, Ethnography, High School Students, High Schools, Immigrants, Language Usage, Mexican American Education, Mexican Americans, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, Small Towns, Student Experience
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Publishers, 10 Industrial Avenue, Mahwah, NJ 07430 (cloth: ISBN-0-8058-2463-4, $45.00; paper: ISBN-0-8058-2464-2, $22.50).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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