With contributions from some of Canada's leading social scientists, this collection examines the meaning and significance of transnational practices and identities of immigrant and ethnic communities in Canada. Why do members of these groups and communities maintain ties with their homelands? What meanings do attachments to real and imagined homelands have, both for individual identities and community organizations? Is the existence of homeland ties a reflection of Canada's commitment to multiculturalism, or does the maintenance of homeland among immigrants undermine a commitment to Canada and being "Canadian"? What are the geographical, social, and ideological borders that are negotiated and/or contested?The approaches to transnationalism developed in this book help focus attention on an important, and arguably growing, dimension of Canadian social life. The chapters offer comparative and historical context as they focus on transnational identities and practices within American, Arab and Muslim, Caribbean, Chinese, Croatian, Japanese, Jewish, Latin American, South Asian, and southern European immigrant, ethnic and religious communities and groups in Canada.
Vic Satzewich is a professor of sociology at McMaster University. Lloyd Wong is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Calgary.
Introduction: The Meaning and Significance of Transnationalism: Conceptual, Theoretical, and Research Issues / Lloyd Wong and Vic Satzewich Part 1: Transnationalism in Historical and Political Perspective 1. The Politics of Transnationalism: Comparative Perspectives / Sarah V. Wayland 2. Transnationalism and the Age of Mass Migration, 1880s to 1920s / Christiane Harzig and Dirk Hoerder 3. Unmaking a Transnational Community: Japanese Canadian Families in Wartime Canada / Pamela Sugiman Part 2: Contemporary Patterns 4. Characteristics of Immigrant Transnationalism in Vancouver / Daniel Hiebert and David Ley 5. Transnational Urbanism: Toronto at a Crossroads / Valerie Preston, Audrey Kobayashi, and Myer Siemiatycki 6. Contentious Politics and Transnationalism from Below: The Case of Ethnic and Racialized Minorities in Quebec / Micheline Labelle, Francois Rocher, and Ann-Marie Field 7. The Caribbean Community in Canada: Transnational Connections and Transformations / Alan B. Simmons and Dwaine E. Plaza 8. The Maple-Neem Nexus: Transnational Links of South Asian Canadians / Dhiru Patel 9. The Invisible Transnationals? Americans in Canada / Kim Matthews and Vic Satzewich 10. Latin American Transnationalism in Canada: Does It Exist, What Forms Does It Take, and Where Is It Going? / Luin Goldring 11. The New "In-Between" Peoples: Southern-European Transnationalism / Luis L.M. Aguiar 12. Whose Transnationalism? Canada, "Clash of Civilizations" Discourse, and Arab and Muslim Canadians / Sedef Arat-Koc 13. Chinese Transnationalism: Class and Capital Flows / Lloyd Wong and Connie Ho 14. Raising the Iron Curtain: Transnationalism and the Croatian Diaspora since the Collapse of 1989 / Daphne Winland 15. Canadian Jewry and Transnationalism: Israel, Anti-Semitism, and the Jewish Diaspora / Stuart Schoenfeld, William Shaffir, and Morton Weinfeld Conclusion / Vic Satzewich and Lloyd Wong References; Contributors; Index