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Borderline Canadianness

Border Crossings and Everyday Nationalism in Niagara

by (author) Jane Helleiner

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2016
Cultural, Geography, International, General
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Canada and the United States share the world’s longest international border.  For those living in the immediate vicinity of the Canadian side of the border, the events of 9/11 were a turning point in their relationship with their communities, their American neighbours and government officials. 


Borderline Canadianness offers a unique ethnographic approach to Canadian border life. The accounts of local residents, taken from interviews and press reports in Ontario’s Niagara region, demonstrate how borders and everyday nationalism are articulated in complex ways across region, class, race, and gender. Jane Helleiner’s examination begins with a focus on the “de-bordering” initiated by NAFTA  and concludes with the “re-bordering” as a result of the 9/11 attacks. Her accounts of border life reveals disconnects between elite border projects and the concerns of ordinary citizens as well as differing views on national belonging. Helleiner has produced a work that illuminates the complexities and inequalities of borders and nationalism in a globalized world.

About the author

Jane Helleiner is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Brock University.

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Editorial Reviews

"Borderline Canadianness is meticulous in all its particulars. Helleiner is rigorous in her review of relevant literature, in how she uses it both in constructing the interview grid and analyzing her results, and in highlighting key findings."

<em>British Journal of Canadian Studies</em>

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