The Other Border Wars

Conflict and Stasis in Latin American Culture

Brilliantly argued and full of unique and important insights, The Other Border Wars is certain to become required reading for scholars and students interested in questions of politics, sovereignty, war, literature, and visual culture in Latin America.
Patrick Dove, Indiana University

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The Other Border Wars: Conflict and Stasis in Latin American Culture questions bordering as an organizing principle of culture, conflict, and politics. Shannon Dowd argues that Central and South American border conflicts such as the Chaco War, between Bolivia and Paraguay (1932–1935); the Soccer War, between El Salvador and Honduras (1969); and the Falklands/Malvinas War, between Argentina and the United Kingdom (1982); can be considered as stasis, meaning civil strife, rather than polemos, meaning international war. Through analyses of literature, film, and theater, Dowd shows that border conflict is entwined with domestic strife, reinforced by stagnant geographical lines, and magnified under globalization. Deploying a capacious theory of stasis to question modern sovereignty and bordering, Dowd examines border zones from the outbreak of hostilities to the present, highlighting the lasting legacies of enclosure and violence. The Other Border Wars asks readers to consider how cultural expression challenges the purported fixity of Latin American borders, and even the very idea of bordering.

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Shannon Dowd

Shannon Dowd is assistant professor of Spanish at Niagara University in New York. Her research examines twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin American literature, film, and theory.

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