Beyond Walls: Re-inventing the Canada-United States Borderlands

Beyond Walls: Re-inventing the Canada-United States Borderlands

by Victor Konrad, Heather Nicol


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September 11, 2001 marked the beginning of a new era of security imperatives for many countries. The border between Canada and the United States suddenly emerged from relative obscurity to become a focus of constant attention by media, federal and state/provincial governments on both sides of the boundary, and the public at large. This book provides a comprehensive examination of the Canada-USA border in its 21st century form, placing it within the context of border and borderlands theory, globalization and the changing geopolitical dialogue. It argues that this border has been reinvented as a 'state of the art', technology-steeped crossing system, while the image of the border has been engineered to appear consistent with the 'friendly' border of the past. It shows how a border can evolve to a heightened level of security and yet continue to function well, sustaining the massive flow of trade. It argues whether, in doing so, the US-Canada border offers a model for future borderlands. Although this model is still evolving and still aspires toward better management practices, the template may prove useful, not only for North America, but also in conflict border zones as well as the meshed border regions of the EU, Africa's artificial line boundaries and other global situations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754672029
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/21/2008
Series: Border Regions Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dr Victor Konrad is Adjunct Research Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and Heather Nicol, Associate Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Preface; The Canada-United States borderlands in the 21st century; Boundaries, borders and borderlands: Borderlands theory in the era of globalization; A retrospective on the Canada-US borderlands; Borderland regions and transnational communities; Trade in an era of heightened security: sustaining the prosperity partnership; Homeland security and emergency preparedness; Passport compliance; Environment; Arctic boundaries and Northern borderlands; Borderlands culture; Index.

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