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Dispersed Relations: Americans and Canadians in Upper North Americaby Reginald C. Stuart
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Although they sometimes seem to be engaged in a single, wildly imbalanced relationship, the United States and Canada actually share interwoven connections through a host of regional, cultural, social, economic, and even political communities that form an American-Canadian interdependence, according to Reginald C. Stuart.
Dispersed Relations 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 has sorted into four realms: cultural, social, economic, and political. Political and economic asymmetry notwithstanding, Canadians and Americans live and work within a transnational culture, society, and economy, says Stuart. Yet even as technology, communications, and interests have expanded their interaction, citizens from each country continue to identify with their individual heritage and political systems.
Recent events may have strained, and perhaps even blunted this historical evolution, Stuart notes. Since 9/11, Washington has focused on security, and Ottawa reluctantly has met that concern in order to sustain the open transit of people and goods upon which Canada relies. As the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative has shown, however, border management also has become increasingly costly and complex.
This timely and provocative book provides context for current events and trends that, in isolation, daunt and baffle observers, citizens, and policymakers alike.
Book News Annotation:
Stuart (history and political and Canadian studies, Mount Saint Vincent U., Halifax) explores cultural, social, economic, and political relations between Canada and the US. The interdependence that has developed, he argues, has made both countries and peoples more alike in mutual diversity rather than turning Canada into a photocopy of the US, as many Canadians charge and many Yankees presume. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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