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- DescriptionMuch has been debated about the presence of undocumented workers along the South Texas border, but these debates often overlook the more complete dimension: the region's longstanding, undocumented ecomies as a whole. Borderlands commerce that evades government scrutiny can be categorized into informal ecomies (the unreported exchange of legal goods and services) or underground ecomies (criminal ecomic activities that, obviously, occur without government oversight). Examining long-term study, observation, and participation in the border region, with the assistance of hundreds of locally embedded informants, The Informal and Underground Ecomy of the South Texas Border presents unique insights into the causes and ramifications of these ecomic channels. The third volume in UT-Pan American's Borderlife Project, this eye-opening investigation draws on vivid ethgraphic interviews, bolstered by decades of supplemental data, to reveal a culture where divided loyalties, paired with a lack of access to protection under the law and other forms of state-sponsored recourse, have given rise to social spectra that often defy stereotypes. A cornerstone of the authors' findings is that these ecomic activities increase when citizens perceive the state's intervention as illegitimate, whether in the form of fees, taxes, or regulation. From living conditions in the impoverished colonias to President Felipe Calderon's futile attempts to eradicate police corruption in Mexico, this book is a riveting portrait of benefit versus risk in the wake of a -man's-land legacy.
- Author BiographyChad Richardson is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. His previous books include On the Edge of the Law: Culture, Labor, and Deviance on the South Texas Border, coauthored with Rosalva Resendiz. Michael Pisani is a professor of international business at Central Michigan University. He coauthored The Informal and Underground Economy of the South Texas Border with Chad Richardson.
- Author(s)Chad Richardson,Michael J. Pisani
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/12/2013
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Series TitleJack & Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note1 map, 20 illus., 17 tables
- Weight681 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine661 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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