Description

Targeted Transnationals

The State, the Media, and Arab Canadians

Edited by Jenna Hennebry and Bessma Momani

  • Published: February 2014
  • Subject Listing: Political Science
  • Bibliographic information: 284 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: Usa Only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Following 9/11, the securitization of state practices and policies has chipped away at the citizenship and personal rights of all Canadians, particularly those of Arab descent. This book argues that in a securitized global context and through racialized immigration and security policies, Arab Canadians have become "targeted transnationals." Media representations have further legitimized their homogenization and racialization. The contributors to this book examine state practices towards, and media representations of, Arab Canadians. They also present voices that counter the dominant discourse and trace forms of community resistance to the racialization of Arab Canadians.
Jenna Hennebry is an associate professor incommunication studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and the BalsillieSchool of International Affairs and associate director of theInternational Migration Research Centre. Bessma Momani is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at theUniversity of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of InternationalAffairs.

"As a communication scholar with a particular interest in Arab-Canadian studies and the existence of interlocking oppression among minorities, I welcome the release of Targeted Transnationals. Not only does the volume provide context on Middle Eastern immigration into Canada, it also provides a historical perspective on racism and discrimination, which helps us situate contemporary government policies and media coverage."
-Mahmoud Eid, co-editor of The Right to Communicate: Historical Hopes, Global Debates and Future Premises

"I heartily recommend this excellent book. Targeted Transnationals is a welcome addition to the literature on Arab-origin people in Canada and to research on Canadian immigration, multiculturalism, and citizenship in a transnational, security-focused post-9/11 world."
-Alan Simmons, author of Immigration and Canada: Global and Transnational Perspectives

"As a communication scholar with a particular interest in Arab-Canadian studies and the existence of interlocking oppression among minorities, I welcome the release of Targeted Transnationals. Not only does the volume provide context on Middle Eastern immigration into Canada, it also provides a historical perspective on racism and discrimination, which helps us situate contemporary government policies and media coverage."
-Mahmoud Eid, coeditor of The Right to Communicate: Historical Hopes, Global Debates and Future Premises

Contents
Introduction: Arab Canadians as Targeted Transnationals / Jenna
Hennebry and Bessma Momani




Part 1: State Practices and Policies

1 "Arab" Migration to Canada: Far from
Monolithic / Jenna Hennebry and Zainab Amery

2 The Securitization and Racialization of Arabs in
Canada's Immigration and Citizenship Policies / Zainab
Amery


3 Creeping beyond Balance? Reconciling Security and Human
Rights in Uncertain Times / Andrew S. Thompson

4 On the Borderlines of Human and Citizen: The Liminal State
of Arab Canadians / Yasmeen Abu-Laban



Part 2: Intersecting Discourses and
Representations


5 Multiculturalism and Discrimination in Canada and Quebec:
The Case of Arabs and Muslims / Rachad Antonius, Micheline Labelle,
and Fran¨ois Rocher


6 A Mediated Relationship: Media Representations of Arabs and
Muslims as a Political Process / Rachad Antonius

7 "Framing" the Toronto 18: Government Experts,
Corporate Media, and the Orientalizing of the Other / Jeremy D.
Kowalski




Part 3: Voices and Resistance

8 Contesting Arab and Muslim Representations in Private
Television and Radio in Canada: The Role and Decisions of the Canadian
Broadcast Standards Council / Dina Salha

9 Media and the (De)Construction of Al-Ghorba for Arab
Canadians / Aliaa Dakroury

10 "How Do We Speak?" The Casting Out of the
Canadian Arab Federation / Wafaa Hasan

Conclusion: From Targeted Transnationals to Transnational Citizens /
Jenna Hennebry



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