Framing Borders: Principle and Practicality in the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory

By Ian Kalman

© 2021

Framing Borders addresses a fundamental disjuncture between scholastic portrayals of settler colonialism and what actually takes place in Akwesasne Territory, the largest Indigenous cross-border community in Canada. Whereas most existing portrayals of Indigenous nationalism emphasize border crossing as a site of conflict between officers and Indigenous nationalists, in this book Ian Kalman observes a much more diverse range of interactions, from conflict to banality to joking and camaraderie.

Framing Borders explores how border crossing represents a conversation where different actors "frame" themselves, the law, and the space that they occupy in diverse ways. Written in accessible, lively prose, Kalman addresses what goes on when border officers and Akwesasne residents meet, and what these exchanges tell us about the relationship between Indigenous actors and public servants in Canada. This book provides an ethnographic examination of the experiences of the border by Mohawk community members, the history of local border enforcement, and the paradoxes, self-contradictions, and confusions that underlie the border and its enforcement.

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  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Illustrations: 8
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Framing Borders is the first book-length ethnography looking at interactions between border officers and Indigenous cross-border travellers in North America.

Framing Borders: Principle and Practicality in the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory

By Ian Kalman

© 2021

Framing Borders addresses a fundamental disjuncture between scholastic portrayals of settler colonialism and what actually takes place in Akwesasne Territory, the largest Indigenous cross-border community in Canada. Whereas most existing portrayals of Indigenous nationalism emphasize border crossing as a site of conflict between officers and Indigenous nationalists, in this book Ian Kalman observes a much more diverse range of interactions, from conflict to banality to joking and camaraderie.

Framing Borders explores how border crossing represents a conversation where different actors "frame" themselves, the law, and the space that they occupy in diverse ways. Written in accessible, lively prose, Kalman addresses what goes on when border officers and Akwesasne residents meet, and what these exchanges tell us about the relationship between Indigenous actors and public servants in Canada. This book provides an ethnographic examination of the experiences of the border by Mohawk community members, the history of local border enforcement, and the paradoxes, self-contradictions, and confusions that underlie the border and its enforcement.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Illustrations: 8
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Ian Kalman is a founding faculty member at Fulbright University Vietnam.
  • Table of contents

    Prologue
    1. Introduction
    2. Welcome to Akwesasne
    3. Doing History in Akwesasne
    4. The Changing Face of the Cornwall/Akwesasne Border
    5. Reporting-in to/from Akwesasne
    6. Processing
    7. Talking Borders
    Conclusion

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