Following President Robbins’ call for cancellation of all University of Arizona programming, the Community Classroom Program is cancelling all remaining in person spring 2020 courses and workshops until further notice. Please check back for updates on when this course will be rescheduled.
In this course, we will examine economic, political, and socio-cultural dimensions that have shaped the dynamics of the U.S./Mexico border region and we will focus on the role that gender plays in the geopolitical spaces that form the U.S./Mexico borderlands. There has been a steady flow of migration to the U.S. from Mexico and Latin America since the 1960s, much of which can be traced to the negative impact of global economic policies. These have resulted in the impoverishment of agricultural sectors, lack of employment opportunities and increasing violence and insecurity in the countries of origin. We will examine the gendered and racialized geopolitical spaces that are a consequence of these migrations and that form the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. The focus will be on women’s status as it pertains to key border issues including migration, militarization, labor and violence.