Maps as Discourse in the Borderlands: An Analysis of the Cartographies of Power on the U.S.-Mexico 'Frontier'

Austin Rose, Western Washington University


The territorial conquest involved in making and regulating an international boundary has been central to the creation of many nation states, as well as to the production of various social categories around those boundaries, particularly citizenship and nationality, but also race, ethnicity, and class. This research aims to analyze how cartographic representations of the U.S.–Mexico border function to communicate social difference.