By Heather N. Nicol

The Fence and the Bridge is ready the improvement of the Canada–US border-security dating as an outgrowth of the a lot lengthier Canada–US dating. It means that this courting has been either hugely reflexive and hegemonic through the years, and that such realities are embodied within the metaphorical photos and texts that describe the Canada–US border over its background.

Nicol argues that admired protection motifs, equivalent to issues of loose exchange, unlawful immigration, cross-border crime, terrorism, and territorial sovereignty are usually not new, nor are they constrained to the post-9/11 period. they've got built and advanced at assorted instances and turn into a part of a bigger cover, whose patches are stitched jointly to create a brand new textile and layout.

all of the protection motifs that now signify Canada–US border perceptions and family members has a precedent in border-management concepts and border family members in past sessions. from time to time, those have deep historic roots that date again not only years or many years yet centuries. they're a part of an evolving North American geopolitical good judgment that inscribes how borders are perceived, how they functionality, and what they suggest.

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