Reflexiones sobre la frontera. Una búsqueda de esquemas de investigación alternativos

Reflecting on the Border. A Search for Alternative Research Approaches

Roberto Sanchez Rodriguez

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En este trabajo se retoma las contribuciones recientes de los estudios a nivel internacional sobre las fronteras para explorar esquemas de investigación de la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos. A pesar de los avances en la construcción de conocimiento sobre esa región durante las últimas décadas, los esquemas de investigación continúan basados en enfoques disciplinares orientados a documentar y explicar procesos específicos, con lo cual se fragmenta el conocimiento sobre la compleja y dinámica realidad de esa frontera. El trabajo considera la interdisciplina y la transdisciplina como enfoques útiles para teorizar sobre las fronteras.

Palabras clave: teorizar; interdisciplina; fronteras internacionales; desarrollo; frontera México-Estados Unidos


This article departs from recent contributions in the study of international borders in order to build a better understanding of the US-Mexico border. Despite advances in building better knowledge of this region in recent decades, research continues to be predominantly based on fragmented disciplinary approaches. This paper considers interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to support theorizing on the border region. Building these approaches face a number of problems but it is a much-needed effort to update and improve our knowledge of the complex border realities.

Keywords: theorizing, interdisciplinarity, international borders, development, US-Mexico border

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