A Shared Space
A Shared Space
James S. Griffith
224 pages

Published: 1995

ISBN 978-0-87421-187-0
paper $26.95

ISBN 978-0-87421-375-1
ebook $20.95

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A Shared Space

Folklife of the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands

James S. Griffith

Where it divides Arizona and Sonora, the international boundary between Mexico and the United States is both a political reality, literally expressed by a fence, and, to a considerable degree, a cultural illusion. Mexican, Anglo, and Native American cultures straddle the fence; people of various ethnic backgrounds move back and forth across the artificial divide, despite increasing obstacles to free movement. On either side is found a complex cultural mix of ethnic, religious, and occupational groups. In A Shared Space James Griffith examines many of the distinctive folk expressions of this varied cultural region.