Immigration Dialectic: Imagining Community, Economy, and Nation

By Harald Bauder

© 2011

Immigration is an integral part of national identity in settler societies such as Canada. But in countries where identity is defined more in ethnic terms, such as Germany, the presence of immigrants has only recently begun to be acknowledged. Taking these two countries as case studies, Immigration Dialectic explores the impact of immigration on national identity as imagined through media-based discourse.

Harald Bauder argues that while both countries rely on negative depictions of immigrants to construct a positive image of the self, the ways in which Canada and Germany construct national identity in relation to representations of immigrants are significantly different. Bauder introduces a sophisticated framework of Hegelian dialectics for the growing interdisciplinary literature regarding media perspectives on immigration and national identity. Providing close analysis of themes such as belonging, economic impacts, and national security, Immigration Dialectic will appeal to anyone interested in contemporary discussions on immigration.

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Providing close analysis of themes such as belonging, economic impacts, and national security, Immigration Dialectic will appeal to anyone interested in contemporary discussions on immigration.

Immigration Dialectic: Imagining Community, Economy, and Nation

By Harald Bauder

© 2011

Immigration is an integral part of national identity in settler societies such as Canada. But in countries where identity is defined more in ethnic terms, such as Germany, the presence of immigrants has only recently begun to be acknowledged. Taking these two countries as case studies, Immigration Dialectic explores the impact of immigration on national identity as imagined through media-based discourse.

Harald Bauder argues that while both countries rely on negative depictions of immigrants to construct a positive image of the self, the ways in which Canada and Germany construct national identity in relation to representations of immigrants are significantly different. Bauder introduces a sophisticated framework of Hegelian dialectics for the growing interdisciplinary literature regarding media perspectives on immigration and national identity. Providing close analysis of themes such as belonging, economic impacts, and national security, Immigration Dialectic will appeal to anyone interested in contemporary discussions on immigration.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘This book is relevant to the discussion of how to understand the increasing tendency among liberal democracies to impose civic integration requirements on the immigrant population such as  language skills, nationality tests, and procedural commitment to liberal-democratic principles.’
    Marianne Takle
    Migration Studies – vol 2:01:2014
  • Author Information

    Harald Bauder is an associate professor in the Graduate Program in Immigrant and Settlement Studies and the Department of Geography at Ryerson University.

  • Table of contents

    Preface

    Acknowledgements

    Introduction

    PART I: IMMIGRATION AND IDENTITY FORMATION

    Chapter 1: Nation-Immigration Dialectic

    Chapter 2: Field of the Media

    Chapter 3: Immigration Debate in Canada and Germany

    PART II: IMMIGRATION DEBATE IN A SETTLER SOCIETY

    Chapter 4: Immigration as Danger

    Chapter 5: Humanitarian Immigration

    Chapter 6: Economic Utility

    PART III: IMMIGRATION DEBATE IN AN ETHNIC NATION

    Chapter 7: Nation of Wirtschaftswunder?

    Chapter 8: From Immigration to Integration

    Chapter 9: Refugees and Asylum Seekers

    Conclusion

    Epilogue: Towards a Critical Immigration Dialectic

    Appendix: Research Design

    Bibliography

    Index

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