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Transnational Identities and Practices in Canada

With contributions from some of Canada’s leading historians, political scientists, geographers, anthropologists, and sociologists, this collection examines the transnational practices and identities of immigrant and ethnic communities in Canada. It looks at why members of these groups maintain ties with their homelands -- whether real or imagined -- and how those connections shape individual identities and community organizations. How does transnationalism establish or transform geographical, social, and ideological borders? Do homeland ties affect what it means to be “Canadian”? Do they reflect Canada’s commitment to multiculturalism? Through analysis of the complex forces driving transnationalism, this comprehensive study focuses attention on an important, and arguably growing, dimension of Canadian social life.

This is the first collection in Canada to provide a comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of transnationalism. It will appeal to scholars and students interested in issues of immigration, multiculturalism, ethnicity, and settlement.


360 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Meaning and Significance of Transnationalism: Conceptual, Theoretical, and Research Issues / Lloyd Wong and Vic Satzewich

Part 1: Transnationalism in Historical and Political Perspective

1. The Politics of Transnationalism: Comparative Perspectives / Sarah V. Wayland

2. Transnationalism and the Age of Mass Migration, 1880s to 1920s / Christiane Harzig and Dirk Hoerder

3. Unmaking a Transnational Community: Japanese Canadian Families in Wartime Canada / Pamela Sugiman

Part 2: Contemporary Patterns

4. Characteristics of Immigrant Transnationalism in Vancouver / Daniel Hiebert and David Ley

5. Transnational Urbanism: Toronto at a Crossroads / Valerie Preston, Audrey Kobayashi, and Myer Siemiatycki

6. Contentious Politics and Transnationalism from Below: The Case of Ethnic and Racialized Minorities in Quebec / Micheline Labelle, François Rocher, and Ann-Marie Field

7. The Caribbean Community in Canada: Transnational Connections and Transformations / Alan B. Simmons and Dwaine E. Plaza

8. The Maple-Neem Nexus: Transnational Links of South Asian Canadians / Dhiru Patel

9. The Invisible Transnationals? Americans in Canada / Kim Matthews and Vic Satzewich

10. Latin American Transnationalism in Canada: Does It Exist, What Forms Does It Take, and Where Is It Going? / Luin Goldring

11. The New "In-Between" Peoples: Southern-European Transnationalism / Luis L.M. Aguiar

12. Whose Transnationalism? Canada, "Clash of Civilizations" Discourse, and Arab and Muslim Canadians / Sedef Arat-Koc

13. Chinese Transnationalism: Class and Capital Flows / Lloyd Wong and Connie Ho

14. Raising the Iron Curtain: Transnationalism and the Croatian Diaspora since the Collapse of 1989 / Daphn

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