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

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UBC Press, Nov 10, 2012 - Political Science - 288 pages
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Since 9/11, Canada’s reputation as an inclusive country that takes in immigrants and refugees has been clouded by restrictive immigration policies, increased interdiction, and the detention of asylum seekers. 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 long and complex history of Canada’s efforts to control its borders. Framing pivotal moments within a long-standing but often overlooked debate over the rights of non-citizens, 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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Contents

Reconsidering the ControlRights Nexus
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1 The Study of LiberalDemocratic Control over International Migration
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2 The Liberal Internationalist Foundations of Canadian Control 186787
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3 The Expansion of Liberal Nationalism in Canada 18871914
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4 The Domination of Liberal Nationalism in Canada 191445
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5 A New Era of Human Rights 194552
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6 The Return of Liberal Internationalism in Canada 195267
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7 Contemporary Canadian and Comparative Concerns
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Notes
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Works Cited
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Index
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Christopher G. Anderson is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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