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Targeted Transnationals
The State, the Media, and Arab Canadians
Jenna Hennebry   Bessma Momani  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 4/1/2013
ISBN: 9780774824408    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2014
ISBN: 9780774824415    

284 Pages


About the Book

Following 9/11, the securitization of state practices and policies has chipped away at the citizenship and personal rights of all Canadians, particularly those of Arab descent. This book argues that, in a securitized global context and through racialized immigration and security policies, Arab Canadians have become "targeted transnationals." Negative media representations have further legitimized their homogenization and racialization.

With an eye to the implications for human rights, multiculturalism, and integration, the contributors to this book draw on qualitative interviews, policy, and media analysis to examine state practices towards, and media representations of, Arab Canadians. Part 1 looks at state practices and policies and illustrates how the Canadian government has repeatedly targeted Arab Canadians. Part 2 examines how changing policy frameworks have intersected with representations of, and public discourses on, Arab Canadians. Part 3 analyzes the voices and resistance strategies of Arab-Canadians as they struggle against negative representations. Targeted Transnationals concludes with reflections on the challenges to integration and the relevance of multiculturalism in the context of globalization and transnationalism.

About the Author(s)

Bessma Momani is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Jenna Hennebry is an associate professor in Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs and director of the International Migration Research Centre.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Arab Canadians as Targeted Transnationals / Jenna Hennebry and Bessma Momani

Part 1: State Practices and Policies

1 "Arab" Migration to Canada: Far from Monolithic / Jenna Hennebry and Zainab Amery

2 The Securitization and Racialization of Arabs in Canada’s Immigration and Citizenship Policies / Zainab Amery

3 Creeping beyond Balance? Reconciling Security and Human Rights in Uncertain Times / Andrew S. Thompson

4 On the Borderlines of Human and Citizen: The Liminal State of Arab Canadians / Yasmeen Abu-Laban

Part 2: Intersecting Discourses and Representations

5 Multiculturalism and Discrimination in Canada and Quebec: The Case of Arabs and Muslims / Rachad Antonius, Micheline Labelle, and François Rocher

6 A Mediated Relationship: Media Representations of Arabs and Muslims as a Political Process / Rachad Antonius

7 "Framing" the Toronto 18: Government Experts, Corporate Media, and the Orientalizing of the Other / Jeremy D. Kowalski

Part 3: Voices and Resistance

8 Contesting Arab and Muslim Representations in Private Television and Radio in Canada: The Role and Decisions of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council / Dina Salha

9 Media and the (De)Construction of Al-Ghorba for Arab Canadians / Aliaa Dakroury

10 "How Do We Speak?" The Casting Out of the Canadian Arab Federation / Wafaa Hasan

Conclusion: From Targeted Transnationals to Transnational Citizens / Jenna Hennebry



"As a communication scholar with a particular interest in Arab-Canadian studies and the existence of interlocking oppression among minorities, I welcome the release of Targeted Transnationals. Not only does the volume provide context on Middle Eastern immigration into Canada, it also provides a historical perspective on racism and discrimination, which helps us situate contemporary government policies and media coverage."
-- Mahmoud Eid, co-editor of The Right to Communicate: Historical Hopes, Global Debates and Future Premises

"I heartily recommend this excellent book. Targeted Transnationals is a welcome addition to the literature on Arab-origin people in Canada and to research on Canadian immigration, multiculturalism, and citizenship in a transnational, security-focused post-9/11 world."
-- Alan Simmons, author of Immigration and Canada: Global and Transnational Perspectives

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