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Stuart, Reginald C
Dispersed relations : Americans and Canadians in upper North America / Reginald C. Stuart
Alternate Title Americans and Canadians in upper North America
Washington, D.C. : Woodrow Wilson Center Press ; Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2007
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  E183.8.C2 S78 2007    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- Relations -- Canada
Canada -- Relations -- United States
Subject(s) National characteristics, American
National characteristics, Canadian
Transnationalism
Physical Description xiii, 404 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 373-386) and index
Contents Cultural Realm -- Cultural Identities -- Print and Culture -- Mass Entertainment -- Social Realm -- North American Mingling -- Negative Vibrations -- Transnational Societies -- Economic Realm -- Markets and Consumers -- Upper North American Commerce -- Fiscal Integration -- Political Realm -- North American Security -- Border Management -- Ottawa-Washington Axis
Review "Dispersed Relations: Americans and Canadians in Upper North America, uses multidisciplinary research and an innovative framework to show how a shared history of ideas and tastes, values and interests, ethnic groups, institutions, and organizations in North America have sorted into four realms: cultural, social, economic, and political. Stuart argues that political and economic asymmetry notwithstanding, Canadians and Americans live and work within a transnational culture, society, and economy. All the while, the two peoples continue to identify with their individual heritage and political systems even as technology, communications, and interests have expanded their interaction." "Recent events may have strained, and perhaps even blunted, this historical evolution, Stuart notes. Since 9/11, Washington has focused upon security, and Ottawa reluctantly has met that concern in order to sustain the open transit of people and goods upon which Canada so relies. As the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative has shown, however, border management also has become increasingly costly and complex. This may lead to political continentalism that interaction in other realms failed to produce; more likely, though, the two peoples and their governments will merely adapt to changing circumstances."--BOOK JACKET

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