We usually write about new books in our “What’s on our Nightstands” section, but our colleague in Switzerland, Robert H. McCormick, Jr. (Franklin College), recently shared this article, and I thought it would be of interest to our readers. Co-authored with Kyrstin Mallon Andrews (PhD candidate in Anthropology, Tulane University), “Crossing Borders: The Dominican Frontier” [published in A Contracorriente Vol 9, No 3 (2012)] focuses on “crossing borders” in concrete rather than metaphorical terms. It is the authors’ hope “that in discussing the most significant differences and similarities of the various border crossings that we will elucidate the nature of the dynamics that animate these borderland areas and the uniqueness of the individuals who inhabit them.”
The authors write: “Hispaniola has a border running down its spinal column. Separating the Dominican Republic from Haiti, that border is 193 miles (275 kilometers) long. It starts near Monte Cristi in the north and ends near Pedernales in the southwestern edge of the Dominican Republic. There are six major border crossings. On the Dominican side, they are called Pedernales, Jimaní, Elías Piña, Bánica, Pedro Santana and Dajabón. Moreover, illegal crossings take place at various points between the monitored crossings and even in plain sight of the border authorities, in Dajabón, for example. This article describes the physical, geographical and social uniqueness of those crossing points.”
A Contracorriente [. . .] is a refereed, electronic journal dedicated to Latin American studies. It aims to foster intellectual debate about Latin American politics, history, economics, literature and culture from left-wing and Marxist points of view. The editorial team welcome essays, notes, interviews and reviews on gender, society, politics, history and cultural studies that depart from the isms since the 1960s, delve into particular historical, political and cultural moments, and explore the role of ideology in Latin America. The journal publishes in English, Spanish and Portuguese.