Immigration Dialectic: Imagining Community, Economy, and Nation
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.
- 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.’
Migration Studies – vol 2:01:2014
Author InformationHarald 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
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
Epilogue: Towards a Critical Immigration Dialectic
Appendix: Research Design
Subjects and Courses