Borderline Canadianness: Border Crossings and Everyday by Jane Helleiner

By Jane Helleiner

Canada and the USA percentage the world’s longest overseas border.  For these residing within the fast area of the Canadian facet of the border, the occasions of Sept. 11 have been a turning aspect of their courting with their groups, their American neighbours and govt officials. 

Borderline Canadianness bargains a special ethnographic method of Canadian border existence. The debts of neighborhood citizens, taken from interviews and press stories in Ontario’s Niagara quarter, display how borders and daily nationalism are articulated in complicated methods throughout sector, type, race, and gender. Jane Helleiner’s exam starts with a spotlight at the “de-bordering” initiated by means of NAFTA  and concludes with the “re-bordering” as a result 9-11 assaults. Her money owed of border existence finds disconnects among elite border initiatives and the worries of normal electorate in addition to differing perspectives on nationwide belonging. Helleiner has produced a piece that illuminates the complexities and inequalities of borders and nationalism in a globalized world.

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