Living on the edge of America : at home on the Texas-Mexico border (eBook, 1992) [WorldCat.org]
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Living on the edge of America : at home on the Texas-Mexico border

Author: Robert Lee Maril
Publisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, ©1992.
Series: Wardlaw book.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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On the southern edge of America a diverse group of people lead ordinary lives in rather extraordinary circumstances. Mexican Americans, Anglos, and Mexican nationals meet there, in the subtropical beauty of the Rio Grande Valley and amid conditions of extreme poverty and social inequality, and create a distinctive blend of cultures, languages, and attitudes toward life. The stories that emerge are stories of
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
Études de cas
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Maril, Robert Lee.
Living on the edge of America.
College Station : Texas A & M University Press, ©1992
(DLC) 91046457
(OCoLC)25026064
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Lee Maril
ISBN: 058507125X 9780585071251
OCLC Number: 44954694
Language Note: English.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 180 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series Title: Wardlaw book.
Responsibility: Robert Lee Maril.

Abstract:

On the southern edge of America a diverse group of people lead ordinary lives in rather extraordinary circumstances. Mexican Americans, Anglos, and Mexican nationals meet there, in the subtropical beauty of the Rio Grande Valley and amid conditions of extreme poverty and social inequality, and create a distinctive blend of cultures, languages, and attitudes toward life. The stories that emerge are stories of individual victories, daily standoffs, and brutalizing defeats.

Writer-sociologist Robert Lee Maril tells some of these stories, observed and absorbed during the thirteen years he lived and taught in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. In those years, he grew used to the limpid heat, the smell of possum sweating in the moonlight outside his bedroom window, the young men studying to become gasoline mechanics, and the young women walking across the stage as the first in their families to graduate from college. The stories he tells are vivid.

And affecting, filled with palm fronds groaning in a burning wind, bulging pink gecko eyes under the porch light, Mando's karate academy, professors who study rocks and flies, and the small but important victories of junior high students whose families do not speak English. They are stories that recognize the forces at work in people's lives which are beyond their control, but also the qualities of courage, humor, resignation, and sometimes despair that translate those.

Forces in the crucibles of individual lives into unique experiences. The warm, personal accounts that make up this book give a vivid impression of what it is to live in one of the poorest but most intriguing regions of the United States, a region that has much to teach about America's present and future.

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