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ASIST 2012 Annual Meeting 
Baltimore, MD, October 26-30, 2012 


Immigration Policy, Public Libraries and the Social Practice of Exclusion in Canada
Susan MacDonald

Monday, 6:30pm


Summary

Canada's immigration policies constitute a social practice of exclusion that privilege the hegemonic project of one social identity over that of another, namely the capitalist state over other social relations in society. Using critical discourse analysis, this doctoral dissertation project examines the ways in which the state's constitution of immigrant communities and their relationships with state institutions, such as the public library, represent one site where such hegemonic struggles unfold. This research addresses the question: In what ways do public libraries in Canada legitimize the social practice of exclusion as constituted through Canadian immigration policies?