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Border Crossings: A Semiotic Analysis of the United States-Mexico Border

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The Santa Fe International Bridge between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez is the path many Mexican nationals and United States citizens walk or drive across each day for employment and education purposes, and for the purchase of consumer goods. Using Barthes' semiotic analysis of myth, we will address the various signifiers that reflect the motivations for crossing into the United States, or the signified U.S. American Dream; the signifiers of identification work to distinguish between the signified safe and unsafe border crosser. We will highlight the bridge as the central sign that emphasizes the difference between the two entities living on either side of it; its mythological significance includes a lasting symbol of the power of the dominant, U.S. American culture.

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United States-Mexico border, border crosser, bridge, Barthes, myth, semiology
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Erbert, Larry., Lechuga, Michael. and Monsivais, Jeannette. "Border Crossings: A Semiotic Analysis of the United States-Mexico Border" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 22, 2008 <Not Available>. 2017-09-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p232061_index.html>

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Erbert, L. A., Lechuga, M. and Monsivais, J. , 2008-05-22 "Border Crossings: A Semiotic Analysis of the United States-Mexico Border" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Online <PDF>. 2017-09-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p232061_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: The Santa Fe International Bridge between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez is the path many Mexican nationals and United States citizens walk or drive across each day for employment and education purposes, and for the purchase of consumer goods. Using Barthes' semiotic analysis of myth, we will address the various signifiers that reflect the motivations for crossing into the United States, or the signified U.S. American Dream; the signifiers of identification work to distinguish between the signified safe and unsafe border crosser. We will highlight the bridge as the central sign that emphasizes the difference between the two entities living on either side of it; its mythological significance includes a lasting symbol of the power of the dominant, U.S. American culture.


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