Chapter 3. Borderlands

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Kristy Nabhan-Warren Associate Professor

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch3

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Nabhan-Warren, K. (2010) Borderlands, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch3

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • psychological, sexual and spiritual borderlands, not particular to Southwest;
  • borderlands' existence and identity - not limited to geography, specific groups and contestation of peoples;
  • North American borderlanders, Native Americans and mestizos - the greater Southwest, Midwest and the Northeast;
  • historiographic story of North American borderlands - understanding borderlands, what happens to people when their worlds collide;
  • Gloria Anzaldúa (2007), borderlands identity and experience - for understanding human relationships over time;
  • influential US–Mexico borderlands literature - Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy;
  • US–Mexico borderlands life - in “borderlands trilogy,” All ThePretty Horses (1992), The Crossing (1994) and Cities of the Plain (1998);
  • body of fiction and creative writing on borderlands experience - what happens when radically different epistemologies collide;
  • borderlands in religious studies;
  • religious studies scholars - seeing religion as central theme enabling borderlanders to make sense of their lives


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • An Historiographic Story of Borderlands

  • From the Perspective of Borderlands Peoples

  • Borderlands in Religious Studies

  • Concluding Thoughts

  • Bibliography