Gatekeepers: Reshaping Immigrant Lives in Cold War Canada

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Between the Lines, Oct 1, 2006 - History - 384 pages

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.


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Mass Immigration and the Remaking of the Postwar Nation
PressNarratives of Migration
3Defining theAgenda Professional Discourses ofIntegration and Citizenship
From Newcomers to Dangerous Foreigners
9The Sexual Politics of Survival and Citizenship
Guarding the Nations Security
Abbreviations Used in the Photo Captions
Notes Bibliography

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About the author (2006)

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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