Recommended Readings Compiled by Social Justice Team

Anderson, Joan B., and James Gerber. Fifty Years of Change on the U.S.-Mexico Border:  Growth, Development, and Quality of Life.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 2008.

Bowden, Charles. Murder City:  Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields.  New York:  Nation Books, 2010.

Dear, Michael.  Why Walls Won’t Work:  Repairing the U.S.-Mexico Divide.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2013.

Dudley, Steven. “Juárez after the War,” In Sight Crime. Organized Crime in the Americas.  February 13, 2013.

Lusk, Mark, Kathleen Staudt, and Eva Moya, coeditors.  Social Justice in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region. Springer Publishers 2012.  Hardback and e-book. (Most chapters about the central borderlands

Martínez, Oscar J.  Border People:  Life and Society in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands.  Tucson:  University of Arizona Press, 1994.

Martínez, Oscar J.  The Chicanos of El Paso:  An Assessment of Progress.  El Paso:  Texas Western Press, Southwestern Studies No. 59, 1980).

Martínez, Oscar J.  Ciudad Juárez:  Saga of a Legendary Border City.  Tucson:  University of Arizona Press, 2018.

Martínez, Oscar J.  Mexico’s Uneven Development:  The Geographic and Historical Context of Inequality.  New York:  Routledge, 2016.

Martínez, Oscar J.  Stunted Dreams:  How the United States Shaped the Destiny of Mexico.  El Paso:  Social Justice Education Project, 2017.

Molloy, Molly.  “Economic Violence in Ciudad Juárez.”  NACLA Report on the Americas, 48:2 (2016):  157-166.

Monárrez, Julia Estela. “Ciudad Juárez.  Sobrevivir:  Vidas superfluas y banalidad de la muerte,” Alter/nativas, No. 3 (2014):  1-25.

Monárrez, Julia Estela. Trama de una injusticia:  Feminicidio sexual sistemático en Ciudad Juárez (México:  El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, 2009.

Monárrez, Julia Estela, et al.  Violencia contra las mujeres e inseguridad ciudadana en Ciudad Juárez.  México:  COLEF, Miguel Angel Porrua, 2010.

Nathan, Debbie.  “Work, Sex and Danger in Ciudad Juárez,” NACLA Report on the Americas, 33:3 (November/December 1999):  24-46.

O’Rourke, Beto, and Susie Byrd.  Dealing Death and Drugs:  The Big Business of Dope in the U.S. and Mexico, An Argument to End the Prohibition of Marijuana.  El Paso:  Cinco Puntos Press, 2011.

Orozco, Victor. Ciudad Juárez:  La Nombradía Varia desde sus orígenes hasta la actualidad, 2 vols. México:  Grupo Milenio, 2012.

Padilla, Héctor, “Ciudad Juárez: Militarización, Discursos y Paisajes.” In Vida, muerte y resis­tencia en Ciudad Juárez, coordinador Cruz Sierra, edited by Juan Pablo, 105–41. México: COLEF, 2013.

Padilla Delgado, Héctor Antonio. Estudio sobre los efectos de los homicidios dolosos en Ciudad Juárez, 2008–2012. Ciudad Juárez: Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, 2016.

Payan, Tony.  The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars:  Drugs, Immigration, and Homeland Security.  Santa Barbara:  Praeger, 2016.

Payan, Tony, Kathleen Staudt, and Z. Anthony Kruszewski, coeditors.  A War that Can’t be Won? Binational Perspectives on the War on Drugs.  Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2013.  Paperback.  (several chapters on the central borderlands, including one coauthored by then City Council Representative Beto O’Rourke)

Peña, Devon G. The Terror of the Machine:  Technology, Work, Gender, and Ecology on the U.S.-Mexico Border.  Austin:  Center for Mexican American Studies, 1997.Rippberger, Susan, and Kathleen Staudt.  Pledging Allegiance: Learning Nationalism at the El Paso/Juárez Border. NY: Routledge/Falmer, 2003. Paperback (rare among border books in our region to analyze education)Romo, David D.  Ringside Seat to a Revolution:  An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, 1893-1923.  El Paso:  Cinco Punto Press, 2005.

Rosenbaum, Ruth.  “Market Basket Survey:  A Comparison of the Buying Power of Maquiladora Workers in Mexico and UAW Assembly Workers in GM plants in the U.S.” Newton Centre, MA:  F. L. Putnam Securities, Inc., 1994.

Ruiz, Ramón Eduardo. On the Rim of Mexico:  Encounters of the Rich and Poor.  Boulder:  Westview Press, 1998.

Salzinger, Leslie. Genders in Production:  Making Workers in Mexico’s Global Factories.  Berkeley:  University of California Press, 2003.

Staudt. Kathleen A. Border Politics in a Global Era: Comparative Perspectives. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. Paperback.  (central borderlands a key chapter and perhaps best understood in comparative perspective)

Staudt, Kathleen A.  Free Trade?  Informal Economies at the U.S.-Mexico Border.  Philadelphia:  Temple University Press, 1998.

Staudt, Kathleen A. “Neoliberal Regimes, Research Methods, Local Activism: Border Steel, environmental injustice, and health in a Texas-Mexico border colonia.”  In The Mexico-U.S. Transborder Region: Cultural Dynamics and Historical Interactions, Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez and Josiah Heyman, coeditors. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2017, pp. 305-21.  

Staudt, Kathleen A.  Violence and Activism on the Border:  Gender, Fear, and Everyday Life in Ciudad Juárez.  Austin:  University of Texas Press, 2008.

Staudt, Kathleen A., and Irasema Coronado.  Fronteras no más:  Toward Social Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border.  New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

Staudt, Kathleen A. and Josiah Heyman. “Immigrants Organize Against Everyday Life Victimization.” In The Immigrant Other: Lived Experiences in a Transnational World, Rich Furman, Greg Lamphear, and Douglas Epps, coeditors.  NY: Columbia University Press, 2016.  (one of few to analyze immigrants as agents of change, not simply victims, with two contrasting organizing strategies)

Staudt, Kathleen A. and Zulma Y. Méndez.  Courage, Resistance, and Women in Ciudad Juárez:  Challenges to Militarization.  Austin:  University of Texas Press, 2015.

Staudt, Kathleen A., César Fuentes and Julia Monárrez, coeditors. Cities and Citizenship at the U.S.-Mexico Border: The Paso del Norte Metropolitan Region. NY: Palgrave USA 2010.  (Analyzes our transborder region as a whole, birthed at COLEF).

Staudt, Kathleen A., Mosi Dane’el, and Guadalupe Márquez-Velarde.  “In the Shadow of a Steel Recycling Plant in these Global Neoliberal Times: The Political Economy of Health Disparities among Hispanics in a Border Colonia.” Local Environment, 21, 5, March, 2016, pp. 636-52.  (Westway colonia)

Staudt, Kathleen A., Tony Payan, and Z. Anthony Kruszewski, eds.  Human Rights along the U.S.-Mexico Border:  Gendered Violence and Insecurity.  Tucson:  University of Arizona Press, 2009.  Paperback.  (several chapters on the central borderlands; emphasis on people’s agency, not only vulnerability)

Washington Valdez, Diana. The Killing Fields: Harvest of Women:  The Truth about Mexico’s Bloody Border Legacy.  Los Angeles:  Peace at the Border, 2006.