Brock University

Borderland Communities and Cultural Identities Straddling the Canada-US Border

This session includes papers that focus on the unique social, political and cultural context across the Canada-US border to question and reconfigure the social shaping of borderland communities and cultural identities. While this area may be addressed from several theoretical perspectives, topics of particular interest include: cultural hybridity, cultures of surveillance, environmental crossings, cross-boundary tourism, migration and immigration, racialization along the border, media and cultural representation, cross-border friendships. This session is linked to Culture and the Canada-US Border (CCUSB), a Leverhulme Trust funded international research network studying cultural representations, production and exchange on and around the Canada-US Border.

Session Organizer: Jan Clarke, Algoma University,Sault Ste Marie, ON, jan.clarke@algomau.ca

 

Academic Mobility at the Canada-US Borderland

Rémy Tremblay, TÉLUQ Université du Québec , remy.tremblay@teluq.ca , Susan Hardwick, Department of Geography University of Oregon Eugene, OR  97403-1251 , susanh@uoregon.edu

Migrating is a life-changing decision that academics might take because of career. But leaving a homeland is a lot more than a job issue. Many other factors and adjustment challenges are put in the line.

This paper tells the stories of a selected group of geographers who migrated to one side to another of the Canada-US border. The often emotional autobiographical testimonials of those academics go a long way toward capturing the full range of feelings and experiences related to migration and settlement decision-making, especially as personal processes play out within the larger context of North American mobility.

Common themes, issues, and questions emerge from their texts: the push-pull factors influencing their migration decision-making; the role of the department or university’s reputation in their decision to relocate abroad; the potential attraction of the physical/environmental characteristics of their new site of residence; the career or personal impacts of relocation; their attachment to place, sense of belonging, or feelings of “otherness” after relocation; and other opportunities or challenges they may have faced living and teaching abroad.

As these various authors remind us, becoming a migrant is about much more than finding the right job or ending up in a particular locale. Mobility is also about seeking and finding pathways that lead to -personal growth and a deepened trust in oneself and one’s family.

 

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The lifestyle migration of Quebecers to Florida.

Rémy Tremblay, TÉLUQ Université du Québec , remy.tremblay@teluq.ca

In this presentation we examine the ethno-tourist community of the Little Québec in the Miami area, also known as Floribec.  Drawing on fieldwork research within the last twenty years, we shed lights on the spatio-temporal evolution of Quebecers migration to Floribec within Southeast Florida from the 1930’s until today. We also propose some hypotheses to explain the decline of Floribec, as its Recreational Business District (RBD) went through many changes since the end of the 1990s. We believe that the urban sprawling of Miami, the Mayor of Hollywood’s decision to slowly demolish Floribec’s RBD, and the growing number of affordable sunshine destinations outside of the USA are all contributing to the disappearance of this tcommunity. Finally, inspired from Floribec, we propose a model to explain the life cycle of an ethno-tourist community.

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