Making Middle-Class Multiculturalism

Immigration Bureaucrats and Policymaking in Postwar Canada

You must sign in to see if this title is available for request.
Pub Date 07 Dec 2021 | Archive Date Not set

Talking about this book? Use #MakingMiddleClassMulticulturalism #NetGalley. More hashtag tips!


Description

In the 1950s and 1960s, immigration bureaucrats in the Department of Citizenship and Immigration played an important yet unacknowledged role in transforming Canada’s immigration policy. In response to external economic and political pressures for change, high-level bureaucrats developed new admissions criteria gradually and experimentally while personally processing thousands of individual immigration cases per year.

Making Middle-Class Multiculturalism shows how bureaucrats’ perceptions and judgements about the admissibility of individuals – in socioeconomic, racial, and moral terms – influenced the creation of formal admissions criteria for skilled workers and family immigrants that continue to shape immigration to Canada. A qualitative content analysis of archival documents, conducted through the theoretical lens of a cultural sociology of immigration policy, reveals that bureaucrats’ interpretations of immigration files generated selection criteria emphasizing not just economic utility, but also middle-class traits and values such as wealth accumulation, educational attainment, entrepreneurial spirit, resourcefulness and a strong work ethic. By making "middle-class multiculturalism" a demographic reality and basis of nation-building in Canada, these state actors created a much-admired approach to managing racial diversity that has nevertheless generated significant social inequalities.

Jennifer Elrick is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at McGill University.

In the 1950s and 1960s, immigration bureaucrats in the Department of Citizenship and Immigration played an important yet unacknowledged role in transforming Canada’s immigration policy. In response...


Advance Praise

Endorsements to follow ...

Endorsements to follow ...


Marketing Plan

- National review mailing

- National advertising

- Author Interviews

- E-marketing campaign

- Social marketing campaign

- Conferences

- Journals

- National review mailing

- National advertising

- Author Interviews

- E-marketing campaign

- Social marketing campaign

- Conferences

- Journals


Available Editions

ISBN 9781487527785
PRICE CA$29.95 (CAD)

Available on NetGalley

NetGalley Shelf App (PDF)
Download (PDF)