Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education


Date of this Version

February 1999


Published online as a supplement to the March 1999 issue (31:1) of Anthropology & Education Quarterly. Online at Copyright © 1999 American Anthropological Association. Used by permission.


On the Border of Opportunity is a good, important, but limited book. Marleen Pugach describes the links between school and community that she, her two school-aged children, and a graduate assistant encountered during a seven-month stint in a New Mexico border town (pseudonymously called Havens). She extensively considers how binationalism was and could have been promoted in the local schools and how such promotion could distinguish the education on offer there. Pugach seems unsure whether to characterize Havens as an exemplary binational, inclusive community or whether to present a critique of Havens by chronicling what it could be but was not yet.