Gatekeepers: Reshaping Immigrant Lives in Cold War Canada by Franca IacovettaGatekeepers: Reshaping Immigrant Lives in Cold War Canada by Franca Iacovetta

Gatekeepers: Reshaping Immigrant Lives in Cold War Canada

byFranca Iacovetta

Paperback | October 31, 2006

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An in-depth study of European immigrants to Canada during the Cold War, Gatekeepers explores the interactions among these immigrants and the "gatekeepers"?mostly middle-class individuals and institutions whose definitions of citizenship significantly shaped the immigrant experience. Iacovetta's deft discussion examines how dominant bourgeois gender and Cold War ideologies of the day shaped attitudes towards new Canadians. She shows how the newcomers themselves were significant actors who influenced Canadian culture and society, even as their own behaviour was being modified.

Generously illustrated, Gatekeepers explores a side of Cold War history that has been left largely untapped. It offers a long overdue Canadian perspective on one of the defining eras of the last century.

Franca Iacovetta is a professor of history at the University of Toronto. A feminist, labour, gender, and migration historian, she is the author of several books on Canadian social history.
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Title:Gatekeepers: Reshaping Immigrant Lives in Cold War CanadaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.75 × 7.25 × 0.93 inPublished:October 31, 2006Publisher:Between the LinesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897071116

ISBN - 13:9781897071113

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Table of Contents

  • Preface and Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1: Mass Immigration and the Remaking of the Postwar Nation
  • Chapter 2: Press Narratives of Migration: From Scarcity and Red Slavery to Oranges and Humanity
  • Chapter 3: Defining the Agenda: Professional Discourses of Integration and Citizenship
  • Chapter 4: Institutional Gatekeepers: Democratic Pluralism or Ethnic Containment?
  • Chapter 5: Tactics of Close Liaison: Political Gatekeepers, the Ethnic Press, and Anti-Communist Citizens
  • Chapter 6: Culinary Containment?: Cooking for the Family, Democracy, and Nation
  • Chapter 7: Shaping the Democratic Family: Popular Advice Experts and Settlement House Workers
  • Chapter 8: From Newcomers to Dangerous Foreigners: Containing Deviant and Violent Men
  • Chapter 9: The Sexual Politics of Survival and Citizenship: Social Workers, Damaged Women, and Canada's Moral Democracy
  • Chapter 10: Guarding the Nation's Security: On the Lookout for Femmes Fatales, Scam Artists, and Spies
  • Chapter 11: Peace and Freedom in Their Steps
  • Abbreviations Used in the Photo Captions
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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"Serves as a salutary and timeless lesson to us as we seek to realize the enormous economic, social, and cultural benefits of liberal immigration policies while addressing the real but limited risks to national security that such policies entail."