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WORKS FOR 2001–2005 were spread across several topic areas. Urban studies counted as the leading category with noteworthy research focused on the historical study of peripheral spaces (item #bi2004003669#), land use in historic centers (item #bi2006003456#), and an inspired study of a Mexico City suburb as a landscape of memory (item #bi2005006249#).
Migration and transnational studies, tourism research, and political issues were secondary categories. Ethnographer Alvarez (item #bi2006003455#) examined the transnational nature and social space of Mexican produce and trucking industries, and ethnographer Cohen (item #bi2005006241#) makes a major contribution to the study of migration in Oaxaca. Notable contributions to tourism research include Oberle (item #bi2006003463#), who analyzes the function of Mexican medical border towns that attract migrants seeking health care, and Torres and Momsen (item #bi2006003468#), who investigate the resort city of Cancún as a new type of tourist space. Increased attention to political issues is evident in several new studies. Vázquez Castillo (item #bi2005000037#) makes a major contribution to our understanding of changes in Mexico's ejido system resulting from 1992 reforms, and several authors examine issues through political filters including Castro (item #bi2006003457#), who investigates inequalities of access to water in Mexico City, and Martin (item #bi2006003460#), who probes notions of neoliberalism in Mexico's north and south.
Another research direction evident from materials surveyed for HLAS 63 is work focused on women's lives. Nelson (item #bi2006003462#) and Radel (item #bi2006003465#), for example, break new ground through studies of women artisans and as community organizers.