Canadian Liberalism and the Politics of Border Control, 1867-1967 - Anderson, Christopher G.

Canadian Liberalism and the Politics of Border Control, 1867-1967

Christopher G. Anderson

Yayınevi: University of British Columbia Press

Yayın tarihi: 03/2013

ISBN: 9780774823937

İngilizce | 280 Sayfa | 15,19x22,61x2,01 cm.

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As a liberal democracy built on immigration, Canada has long had a reputation for inclusiveness. Since 9/11, however, this reputation has been clouded by restrictive immigration policies, increased interdiction, and the detention of asylum seekers arriving on Canada's shores. Moreover, public debate over the arrival of non-citizens -- especially those seeking entry through unofficial channels -- is now often framed within a security discourse that is used to justify a more restrictive approach. These developments are not surprising in the current context, but as Anderson illustrates, they are also nothing new.

Canadian Liberalism and the Politics of Border Control sheds
light on the complex history of Canada's response to immigrants
and refugees during its first century -- a century that saw the
imposition of the Chinese Head Tax, the turning away of the Komagata Maru, the rejection of Jewish refugees during the interwar period, the internment of Japanese-Canadians during the Second World War, and the post-war development of a new human rights-based discourse. Framing these and other pivotal moments in the wider context of how the rights of immigrants and refugees have been debated and pursued in Canadian politics, Anderson demonstrates that today's more restrictive approach reflects traditions deeply embedded within liberal democracies. His insights into Canadian immigration and refugee history offer valuable lessons for understanding the nature of contemporary
liberal-democratic control policies.

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