Standard Article

Borderlands and cultural bonds

Migration A–Z


  1. Weimin Tang

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm072

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Tang, W. 2013. Borderlands and cultural bonds. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


Although the word “border” and, in close association with it, “borderland,” conveys a concept as ancient as the sovereignty of a kingdom, nation, or state, it is Anzaldua's widely acclaimed book Borderlands/La Frontera (1987) that has made the conditions of living on the border a focus point of studies across social sciences and humanities over recent decades. The multifaceted conditions of the borderland existence, with respect to gender, race, class, belief, and national and cultural identities, for instance, also constitute a central concern in recent studies of global migration. The study of borderlands, however, goes back to as early as the turn of the 20th century, largely focusing on historiographic studies of colonial frontiers, such as the pioneering studies of the Spanish borderlands in America by Herbert Eugene Bolton (1870–1953).


  • borders;
  • American borderlands;
  • cultural diversity;
  • cross-cultural;
  • demography and population studies;
  • regional development