Water Flowing North of the Border: Export Agriculture and Water Politics in a Rural Community in Baja California: Supplemental Material

This post builds on the research article “Water Flowing North of the Border: Export Agriculture and Water Politics in a Rural Community in Baja California,” which was published in the November 2011 issue of the Society’s peer-reviewed journal, Cultural Anthropology.

Christian Zlolniski, November 2011. Residents in Arbolitos get water full of mud in their faucets, which many filter by attaching a cloth to the faucet as they fill up buckets

Editorial Footnotes

Cultural Anthropology has published numerous articles on inequality in Mexico. See, for example, Peter S. Cahn’s “Consuming Class: Multilevel Marketers in Neoliberal Mexico” (2008), Michael Montoya’s “Bioethnic Conscription: Genes, Race, and Mexicana/o Ethnicity in Diabetes Research” (2007), Ana María Alonso’s “Conforming Disconformity: “Mestizaje,” Hybridity, and the Aesthetics of Mexican Nationalism” (2004), and Laura Lewis’ “Of Ships and Saints: History, Memory, and Place in the Making of Moreno Mexican Identity” (2001).

Cultural Anthropology has also published articles on neoliberalism, including the February 2011 issue, Ahmed Kanna’s “Flexible Citizenship in Dubai: Neoliberal Subjectivity in the Emerging ‘City-Corporation’” (2010), Daromir Rudnyckyj’s “Spiritual Economies: Islam and Neoliberalism in Contemporary Indonesia” (2009), Thomas Pearson’s “On the Trail of Living Modified Organisms: Environmentalism within and against Neoliberal Order” (2009), and Öykü Potuoğlu-Cook’s “Beyond the Glitter: Belly Dance and Neoliberal Gentrification in Istanbul” (2006). Each February issue, through 2014, Cultural Anthropology will publish on the theme of neoliberalism.

Cultural Anthropology has also published articles on natural resources and the global-local interface. See, for example, Marina A. Welker’s “‘Corporate Security Begins in the Community’: Mining, the Corporate Social Responsibility Industry, and Environmental Advocacy in Indonesia” (2009), Martha Kaplan’s “Fijian Water in Fiji and New York: Local Politics and a Global Commodity” (2007), Ananthakrishnan Aiyer’s “The Allure of the Transnational: Notes on Some Aspects of the Political Economy of Water in India” (2007), and Kaushik Ghosh’s “Between Global Flows and Local Dams: Indigenousness, Locality, and the Transnational Sphere in Jharkhand, India” (2006).

Selected Images from the Field

I thank Ritu Khanduri, a visual anthropologist at the University of Texas at Arlington, for her help in choosing the images for this page.

Christian Zlolniski, November 2011. A typical unpaved and dusty street in a farm workers settlement in the San Quintín Valley
Christian Zlolniski, November 2011. Desalination plant and water reservoir of an agribusiness that exports strawberries to the United States
Christian Zlolniski, November 2011. Water reservoir from an agribusiness’ desalination plant -- workers are leveling it as part of its maintenance
Christian Zlolniski, November 2011. Farm laborers picking tomatoes in one of the dozens of shadehouses that have been built in the region to make a more efficient use of water for agriculture