Author Fleuriet, Kathryn Jill, author
Title Rhetoric and reality on the U.S.-Mexico border : place, politics, home / K. Jill Fleuriet
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2021]
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  F787 .F478 2021    AVAILABLE    30520020903580
Descript xx, 286 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 21 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Stemming from four years of ethnographic research, media analysis of over 750 national news articles published in the 2010s, and decades of the author's professional and personal immersion in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, Rhetoric and Reality illuminates a place at the heart of our national conversation: the U.S.-Mexico border. K. Jill Fleuriet contrasts the rhetoric of national political and media discourse with that of local border leaders in economics, health care, politics, education, law enforcement, philanthropy, and activism. As she deconstructs the common narrative of a border in need of external intervention to control corruption, poverty, sickness, and violence, Fleuriet engagingly illustrates the range of regional organizing, local development strategies, and community responses in the borderlands that ultimately situate the Rio Grande Valley as the "true North" of the U.S. national compass--where the Valley goes, the rest of the country soon will follow. Rhetoric and Reality asks us to question our own assumptions, especially about those areas that drive national decisions about resource allocation, economic development and national security
Subject Ethnology -- Mexican-American Border Region
Mass media -- Social aspects -- Mexican-American Border Region
Communication -- Political aspects -- Mexican-American Border Region
Minorities in mass media
Mexican-American Border Region -- Press coverage