Borders and Bordering in Atlantic Canada




Konrad, Victor
Widdis, Randy W.
Brunet-Jailly, Emmanuel
Collins, Jeffrey F.
Hinton, Lucy
Ircha, Michael C.
Jagger, Jaiya
Musabende, Alice
Schnurr, Matthew A.

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Atlantic Canada and New England share a geography and history characterized by many commonalities yet also strong differences. This book explores the role of borders, bordering and borderlands in the emergence and evolution of Atlantic Canada, and its relationship with “others” including neighboring New England and migrants worldwide who have settled in the region. Borders at all scales, from the community level to that of nation-states, delineate areas of similarity and differentiate spaces of difference. Borders may be established by law and sustained by convention and practice, or borders may be ephemeral, maintained only for a brief time or a specific purpose. Their primary purpose is, and has been, to define and control territory, from perceived or real personal space to national and even supra-national boundaries (Elden 2013). In Atlantic Canada, borders operate and are evident at all levels from the neighborhoods and communities of cities like Halifax, counties and districts, provinces, groups of provinces—the Maritimes (Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick), and with the addition of Newfoundland and Labrador—Atlantic Canada. On occasion, when common interests allow or call for it, the international region is bordered from other regions of the United States and Canada, and identified loosely as the Northeast or more recently “Atlantica”.


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