How We Tell the Stories We Tell



This chapter foregrounds why borders and stories matter as objects of study. Stories about national borderlands are social practices of bordering, rebordering, and debordering: political and social efforts to generate, reinforce, redefine, or contest social differences. These practices affect state and federal policies on immigration, health care, education, and the economy. Data collection methods are detailed, including ethnography, participant observation, interviews, focus groups, and media analysis. Issues, influences, and the potential of “studying up” and fieldwork at home are discussed.


Ethnography Media analysis Studying home Fieldwork at home Bordering 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyThe University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

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