Growing up at the border of two worlds. Young people from Tijuana, Mexico
This is a study of ´border research´ focusing on youths, to find out about various processes of change, attitudes, conflicting values, etc. Pollheimer has chosen Tijuana for her fieldwork because the city is considered to be future-oriented - which is true for her young people too. She has interviewed 14 young people belonging to various, heterogeneous groups, in half-standardized, narrative interviews, followed up by further conversations. Major topics were growing poverty in Mexico, the US border and possibilities of going to the US. Many youths had good knowledge of the US and some experience from occasional visits. Reflecting on Bourdieu´s habitus concept, Pollheimer deals with values and goals and found them to be contradictory - on the one hand traditional Mexican values were cherished, on the other ´material´, economic values in the US.
Keywords: youth and change, border research, values and conflict, habitus, Bourdieu, P.