The northern and southern borders and borderlands of the United States should have much in common; instead they offer mirror articulations of the complex relationships and engagements between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. In North American Borders in Comparative Perspectiveleading experts provide a contemporary analysis of how globalization and security imperatives have redefined the shared border regions of these three nations.
This volume offers a comparative perspective on North American borders and reveals the distinctive nature first of the overportrayed Mexico-U.S. border and then of the largely overlooked Canada-U.S. border. The perspectives on either border are rarely compared. Essays in this volume bring North American borders into comparative focus; the contributors advance the understanding of borders in a variety of theoretical and empirical contexts pertaining to North America with an intense sharing of knowledge, ideas, and perspectives.
Adding to the regional analysis of North American borders and borderlands, this book cuts across disciplinary and topical areas to provide a balanced, comparative view of borders. Scholars, policy makers, and practitioners convey perspectives on current research and understanding of the United States’ borders with its immediate neighbors. Developing current border theories, the authors address timely and practical border issues that are significant to our understanding and management of North American borderlands.
The future of borders demands a deep understanding of borderlands and borders. This volume is a major step in that direction.
“With essays by leading border scholars and practitioners, this book provides superb analysis of how evolving globalization and the security imperative have redefined the shared borders and border regions of the USA, Canada, and Mexico. North American Borders in Comparative Perspective is a key resource for students, scholars, the policy community, and community activists who want to understand these critical border regions of North America.”—Paul Ganster, co-author of The U.S.-Mexico Border into the Twenty-First Century
Victor Konrad teaches geography at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He is a former president of both the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States and the Association for Borderlands Scholars, and he is a recipient of the Donner Medal. Author of more than one hundred publications, he has been the founding director of the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program and a visiting professor at universities in China, the United States, and Europe.
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