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Canadian Border Resident Experience of the “Smartening” Border at Niagara

Jane Helleiner

Abstract


Much of the writing on the post-9/11 Canada/U.S. border analyses (supportively or critically) the border-related projects of economic and political elites. This paper focuses instead on local residents’ experiences of a changing border. Drawing on interviews and press reports from the Niagara region, the paper provides a grounded account of Canadian border life both at and after 9/11. Local experiences of altered cross-border mobilities, intensified border inspections and reworked political subjectivities complicate dominant claims of straightforward congruence between a “smartening” Canada/U.S. border and border resident interests and concerns.

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Print ISSN: 0886-5655
Online ISSN: 2159-1229

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