A terrific book on an important and timely topic—flows of contraband and vice across the US–Mexico and US–Canada borders. The empirically rich historical case studies are fascinating and engaging. The collective research involved is impressive.
—Peter Andreas, co-editor of Sex, Drugs, and Body Counts: The Politics of Numbers in Global Crime and Conflict
Contraband is born out of the definition of boundaries marking access to rights, authority, and personhood. Smugglers, Brothels, and Twine
invites readers to consider these negotiations with a collection of examples that delve beyond popular stories.
—Anthropology in Practice
Each article is historically sound and makes the anthology accessible to undergraduates, yet remains sufficiently sophisticated to appeal to graduate students, borderlands scholars, or those who study transnational crime.
—Canadian Journal of History
This brief collection pleasantly surprises with its trenchant examination of the intersections of the study of vice and borders as well as with its broad thematic and geographic coverage.
—Hispanic American Historical Review