This book is a case-study collection examining the influences and functions of British Columbia’s (BC) borders in the 21st century.
British Columbia’s Borders in Globalization examines bordering processes and the causes and effects of borders in the Cascadian region, from the perspective of BC. The chapters cover diverse topics including historical border disputes and cannabis culture and identity; the governance of transboundary water flows, migration, and preclearance policies for goods and people; and the emerging issue of online communities. The case studies provide examples that highlight the simultaneous but contradictory trends regarding borders in BC: while boundaries and bordering processes at the external borders shift away from the territorial boundary lines, self-determination, local politics, and cultural identities re-inscribe internal boundaries and borders that are both virtual and real. Moreover, economic protectionism, racial discourses, and xenophobic narratives, driven by advances in technology, reinforce the territorial dimensions of borders. These case studies contribute to the literature challenging the notion that territorial borders are sufficient for understanding how borders function in BC; and in a few instances they illustrate the nuanced ways in which borders (or bordering processes) are becoming detached from territory.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Borderlands Studies.
Introduction: BIG (Borders in Globalization): Borders and Bordering Processes in the Pacific Northwest
Nicole Bates-Eamer and Helga Kristín Hallgrímsdóttir
1. Border Disputes and Identity in Anglophone British Columbia: 1859–1903
2. Overgrowing the Border? An Examination of Cascadian Culture and Cannabis Legalization
Samantha Magnus, Helga Kristín Hallgrímsdóttir, Nicole Bates-Eamer and Victor Konrad
3. Whose Border? Contested Geographies and Columbia River Treaty Modernization
William Jesse Baltutis and Michele-Lee Moore
4. Immigration and Integration Policy and the Complexity of Multi-level Governance: A Case Study of British Columbia
5. Shifting, Securitizing, and Streamlining: An Exploration of Preclearance Policy in the Pacific Northwest
6. Networks of Hate: The Alt-right, "Troll Culture", and the Cultural Geography of Social Movement Spaces Online
Edwin Hodge and Helga Kristín Hallgrímsdóttir