University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

March 7, 2005
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, (251) 460-6360

USA's Dr. Stephen Morris Publishes "Gringolandia: Mexican Identity and Perceptions of the United States"

Dr. Stephen Morris, a professor in USA's department of political science and criminal justice, has published a new book on how Mexicans view the United States and use these perceptions in the formation of national identity.

In "Gringolandia: Mexican Identity and Perceptions on the United States," Morris calls on his long-time scholarship of Mexican politics, as well as his personal history. His wife, Celina, is a native of Mexico, and the couple and their two children spend summers there.

Morris spent years researching and writing this, his fourth book on Mexican issues. Beyond his earlier works on Mexican politics, this book took Morris into the realm of culture, perceptions and how Mexicans use perceptions and misperceptions of the U.S. Gringolandia, a slang term used by Mexicans to describe the U.S.

Dr. Stephen Morris
Roderic Ai Camp, a scholar at Claremont McKenna College, describes the book as, "A beautifully crafted exploration that will appeal to a wide range of readers. Anyone interested in Mexico will benefit from its thoughtful insights."

Morris said he enjoyed the wide-ranging sweep of the project. "I started with nationalism and it took me into culture, anthropology and even post-modernism," he says. "I studied the consumer market, public opinion, political cartoons and even how textbooks used in schools portray the U.S."

Currently, Morris is working on a companion book, which will explore U.S. perceptions of Mexico.

In addition to his work in the political science department, Morris also chairs the USA Faculty Senate.

The 284-page book, which was published by Scholarly Resources, is available from online booksellers, including
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