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Tijuana 1964 : Una Visión
Fotográfica e Histórica

A Photographic and Historic View
Harry Crosby, Paul Ganster, David Piñera Ramírez, 
& Antonio Padilla Corona

Paperback: 72 pages
Publisher: Centro Cultural Tijuana, IRSC,
SDSU Press; 2nd edition (2014); 2nd Printing 2020
ISBN-10: 6075165029 | ISBN-13: 978-6075165028
Product Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 0.3 inches

US $39.95 plus shipping, handling & applicable taxes

From the Preface by Paul Ganster "Tijuana 1964: A Photographic and Historical View, was designed to present the remarkable photographs taken in Tijuana in June 1964 by Harry Crosby. The book was published in 2000 and included an essay by historians Paul Ganster, of San Diego State University, and David Piñera Ramírez and Antonio Padilla Corona, both of the Institute for Historical Research at the Autonomous University of Baja California in Tijuana, that set the context for the photographs. The book included 42 photographs in addition to the front cover and the back cover. The publication of Tijuana 1964 was accompanied in October 2000 by an exhibit of selected images organized by Tijuana's Casa de la Cultura.¶ By 2013, the participants in the original publication, which has long been out of print, realized that the 50th anniversary of the photographs was fast approaching. Pedro Ochoa Palacio, Director General of the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT), suggested that his institution might be interested in collaborating on a new edition of Tijuana 1964 and the participants in the first edition responded enthusiastically to the proposal. ¶The second edition, or the Commemorative Edition, differs from the first in a number of ways. Most importantly, the new publication includes 20 additional photographs and also replaces three of the original images due to technical reasons, for a total of 23 new photographs. All of the additional photographs were made by Harry Crosby during the same two-week period in June of 1964, as those in the first edition. Also, the Commemorative Edition has a revised text that sets the context for the photographs and also provides a discussion of the changes that are evident in Tijuana after 50 years.


Imperial-Mexicali Valleys
Edited by K. Collins, P. Ganster, C. Mason,
E. Sanchez Lopez, and M. Quintero-Nunez. 

pp. 462.

The Imperial-Mexicali valley is a region defined by its location along the U.S.-Mexican border and through the management of its natural resources. Its complexities are based in the initial settlement of an area believed to be uninhabitable, but through perseverance and ingenuity of individuals over 100 years ago, developed into a productive agricultural region. The border also has had a profound affect on its growth by providing access to a binational labor force and through the impacts of industrialization of Mexico's northern border. The editors of this text selected 30 essays from regional scholars that discuss these central themes and provide an understanding of the regional dynamics. The topics covered include history and government, economy and agriculture, environmental concerns and natural resources, and social trends and culture. This collection is one of the first to be published in English regarding this binational region and is an important contributor to the discussion of future development and growth of the Imperial-Mexicali valley.

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Tijuana River Watershed Atlas

The Tijuana River Watershed Atlas is a pioneering effort by San Diego State University researchers and their partners in Tijuana and San Diego to harmonize data across the international boundary and to provide stakeholders and decision-makers with comprehensive information about this important region. The atlas, made up of large-format sheets in a boxed edition, is comprised of some 80 photographs, maps, and text in English and Spanish. The atlas captures the diversity, complexity, and dynamism of a 1,750-square-mile drainage basin that lies astride the U.S.-Mexican international border. This work covers many issues pertaining to the watershed, including its physical characteristics and its human and environmental aspects. This bilingual atlas is the result of the collaboration of many organizations and individuals from the United States and Mexico, especially from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and San Diego State University and is published by San Diego State University Press and the Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias with assistance from SDSU's Department of Geography and from the Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy. According to atlas co-editor Richard Wright of SDSU, "developing information for the entire binational watershed is absolutely essential to plan for the future, to avoid environmental problems that will negatively affect the quality of life of the watershed's 1.4 million residents, and to take advantage of binational synergies for sustainable regional development."

ISBN: 0-925613-44-4
$50 plus shipping, handling, and applicable taxes

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Cooperation, Environment, and Sustainability in Border Regions

Edited by Paul Ganster
ISBN 0925613-32-0
paper, 432pp
US$12.50 plus shipping, handling, and applicable taxes

Cooperation, Environment, and Sustainability in Border Regions is based on papers presented late in 1999 at the San Diego, California meeting of the Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) group. An international network of border specialists, the BRIT group has also convened in Berlin (1994), Joensuu on the Finnish-Russian border (1997), and in Chandigarh, India, near the Indian-Pakistani border (2000). Key themes of this volume are transborder cooperation, border environmental concerns, and issues of sustainable development in border regions, including the U.S.-Mexican border region, European border regions, the Baltic region, Russian-Finnish border areas, and Asian border regions. Also included are essays on methodological and theoretical approaches to border research.

EL NORTE: The U.S. / Mexico Border in Contemporary Cinema

David Maciel

  • Series: Border Studies Series
  • Paperback: 95 pages
  • Publisher: San Diego State Univ (December 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0925613037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0925613035
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • $14.95

Now back in print through a joint arrangement between the Institute for the Regional Studies of the Californias and San Diego State University Press, David R. Maciel's El Norte: The U.S./Mexico Border in Contemporary Cinema remains a pathbreaking study of cinema from and focused on both sides of the United States/Mexico border. Originally released in 1990, it is now made available again for a new generation of Latinx cinema scholars and the general public.

San Diego-Tijuana International Border Area Planning Atlas / Atlas de Planeación del Área Fronteriza Internacional Tijuana-San Diego
ISBN 0-925613-29-0
paper, 64 pp
14 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches
US$44.50 plus
shipping, handling & applicable taxes
Additional set(s) of unfolded maps available at:
$15/set with purchase of Atlas
$25/set without Atlas

This bilingual Atlas integrates U.S. and Mexican data to provide a harmonized view of the binational strip of land that serves as an interface between San Diego and Tijuana. The Atlas includes 15 full-color thematic maps of the San Diego-Tijuana border region and 35 black-and-white photographs. Detailed thematic essays by experts provide context and commentary for understanding the maps. Essay topics include: land use, planned land use, water, sewage, transportation infrastructure, population, employment, public facilities, vegetation and land cover, topography and hydrography, and others. The Atlas was produced through the collaboration of San Diego State University's Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias, The SDSU Department of Geography, the Municipal Planning Institute of Tijuana (IMPlan), the City of San Diego, the San Diego Association of Governments and San Diego State University Press.

A Resource Guide for Child Care and Family Planning Services in the Maquiladora Industry
by Paul Ganster and Dana Hamson
ISBN: 0-925613-18-5
Paper / Pages: 40 / $7

Published in English and Spanish, this guide provides an introduction to the important subjects of child care and family planning in the cities of Mexico's norther border region and a description of the efforts of the maquiladoras in these areas.

Energy and Environment in the California-Baja California Border Region
Alan Sweedler, Paul Ganster, and Patricia Bennett, eds.
ISBN: 925613-17-7
Paper / Pages: 192 / $20

Experts from the United States and Mexico analyze in detail the energy sector and its impact on the environment.

Directory of Spatial Datasets to Support Environmental Research Along the United States-Mexico Border
by Christopher Brown and Richard D. Wright
ISBN 0-925613-15-0
Paper / Pages: 116 / $5

An inventory of U.S. and Mexican agencies along the Baja California-California segment of the border.

Identifying Priorities for a Geographic Information System (GIS) for the Tijuana River Watershed: Applications for Land Use, Planning and Education
Richard Wright, Kathryn Ries, and Alain Winckell, eds.
ISBN: 0-925613-14-2
Paper / Pages: 94 / $7

Proceedings of a workshop held November, 1994, in San Diego.

Borderlink 1994: Economic Profile of the San Diego-Tijuana Region: Characteristics for Investment and Governance Decisions
James Gerber, ed.
ISBN: 0-925613-16-9
Paper / Pages: 84 / $10

Research on San Diego-Tijuana regional developmental issues conducted by teams of SDSU and UABC graduate and undergraduate students.

Geographic Information Systems for Mexico-United States Border Environmental Research and Management
Richard D. Wright, George Hepner, and Christopher Brown, eds.
ISBN: 0-925613-12-6
Paper / Pages: 32 / $5.00

Proceedings of a second workshop of U.S. and Mexican GIS and database experts held in San Diego.

Baja California 1901-1905: Considerations and Data for Its Demographic History
David Piñera andJorge Martínez Zepeda, eds.
ISBN: 968-7826-11-8
Paper / Pages: 334 / $15

Important information on the early social and demographic history of Baja California and Alta California; co-published with the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

San Diego-Tijuana in Transition: A Regional Analysis
Norris C. Clement and Eduardo Zepeda Miramontes, eds.
ISBN: 0-925613-10-X
Paper / Pages: 130 / $15.00

Proceedings of the Second Annual Symposium: San Diego-Tijuana in Transition,Tijuana; the first-ever collaborative study of the San Diego-Tijuana region carried out by leading U. S. and Mexican experts from SDSU and el Colegio de la Frontera.

A United States-Mexico Border Environmental Geographic Information System
Richard D. Wright, George Hepner, and Clifton G. Metzner, Jr., eds.
ISBN: 0-925613-11-8
Paper / Pages: 44 / $5.00

Proceedings of a workshop of U.S. and Mexican GIS and database experts, San Diego.

The Mexican-U.S. Border Region and the Free Trade Agreement
Paul Ganster and Eugenio O.Valenciano, eds.
ISBN: 0-925613-09-6
Paper / Pages: 118 / $10.00

Proceedings of a workshop on the Mexico-United States Free Trade Agreement and its impact on the border region, Tijuana.

The Unionization of the Maquiladora Industry: The Tamaulipan Case in National Context
by Edward J. Williams and John T. Passé-Smith
ISBN: 0-925613-08-8
Paper / Pages: 134 / $9.50

Analyzes reasons for lack of effective unionization in the maquiladora industry, particularly in the state of Tamaulipas.

El Acuerdo de Libre Comercio México-Estados Unidos y reprecusiones en la frontera.
by Eugenio O. Valenciano, with the collaboration of Paul Ganster
ISBN: 738-016-9
Paper / Pages: 50 / $3

Analysis of impacts of free trade on the border region; co-published with the Instituto para la Integración de América Latina

Borderlands Literature: Towards an Integrated Perspective
José Manuel Di-Bella, Harry Polkinhorn, Rogelio Reyes, eds.
ISBN: 0-925613-04-5
Paper / Pages: 338 / $10

Proceedings of the third binational border literature conference, held in Calexico in April, 1990. This anthology contains short fiction, poems, and essays in English and Spanish. Photographs. 


Border Literature/Literatura de las Fronteras
by José Manual Di-Bella, Paul Ganster, Sergio Gómez Montero, Harry Polkinhorn, and Gabriel Trujillo Muñoz, eds.
ISBN: 0-912377-15-1
Paper / Pages: 504 / $10

Proceedings of the "Border Literature Conference," Tijuana, June-July, 1988, this publication features short fiction, poems, and essays in English and Spanish. 


Mexican/American Border Writing-Literatura de Frontera México/Estados Unidos
José Manuel Di-Bella, Sergio Gómez Montero, and Harry Polkinhorn, eds.
Paper / Pages: 212 / $10

Proceedings of the "First Conference of Writers from the Californias," held in Mexicali.This title contains poems, short fiction, and essays in English and Spanish. Photographs. 


Border Studies Series

1. Border Literature/Literatura Fronteriza
Harry Polkinhorn, ed.

Seminar proceedings with prose, narrative, and criticism of border literature.

2. Doomed to Fail: Gaspar de Portolá's First California Appointees
by Harry W. Crosby
ISBN: 0-925613-00-2
Paper / Pages: 36 / $5.00

Based on documentary research, analysis of men appointed to administer Baja California missions after expulsion of Jesuits in 1767.

3. El Norte: The U.S.-Mexican Border in Contemporary Cinema
by David R. Maciel
ISBN: 0-925613-03-7
Paper / Pages: 96 / $9.50

Analysis of how the U.S.-Mexican border has been portrayed in Hollywood and Mexican cinema.

4. The Unionization of the Maquiladora Industry: The Tamaulipan Case in National Context
by John T. Passé-Smith
Paper / Pages: 134 / $9.50

Analyzes reasons for lack of effective unionization in the maquiladora industry, particulary in the state of Tamaulipas.

5. American and English Influence on the Early Development of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
by David Piñera
ISBN: 0-925613-13-4
Paper / Pages: 162 / $12.50

The story of the emergence of the city of Ensenada in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Border Issue Series

1. Impacts of Undocumented Persons: The Quest for Usable Data in San Diego County 1974-1986
by Joseph Nalven
Paper / Pages: 92 / $92

Discussion of problems of enumerating undocumented persons and their impacts in San Diego County.

2. The Maquiladora Program in Trinational Perspective: Mexico, Japan, and the United States
Paul Ganster, ed.
Paper / Pages; 130 / $10

Historical overview, global context, and experiences by investors in the maquiladora program.

3. Location Decisions Regarding Maquiladora/In-Bond Plants Operating in Baja California, Mexico
by Norris C. Clement and Stephen R. Jenner
Paper / Pages: 128 / $20

Study based on surveys and in-depth interviews regarding location decisions for maquiladoras in Baja California.

4. Water Quality Issues of the California-Baja California Border Region
Clifton G. Metzner, Jr., ed.
Paper / Pages: 84 / $10.00

Analysis by Mexican and U.S. government officials and researchers of regional transboundary water quality issues.

5. Water Quality Issues of the San Diego-Tijuana Border Region
by Clifton G. Metzner, Jr.
ISBN: 0-925613-02-9
Paper / Pages: 18 / $3.00

Report and summary of the Second Water Quality Workshop held in San Diego in May, 1989, to examine water quality issues in the San Diego-Tijuana region.

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