Targeted Transnationals

The State, the Media, and Arab Canadians

Edited by Jenna Hennebry and Bessma Momani

  • Published: 2013. Paperback 2014
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 284 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights 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.

"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

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 Francois 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.

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