Parastou Saberi, Fearing the Immigrant: Racialization and Urban Policy in Toronto – University of Minnesota Press, August 2022

Now published – Parastou Saberi, Fearing the Immigrant: Racialization and Urban Policy in Toronto, University of Minnesota Press, 2022

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Parastou Saberi, Fearing the Immigrant: Racialization and Urban Policy in Toronto – University of Minnesota Press, August 2022

The city of Toronto is often held up as a leader in diversity and inclusion. In Fearing the Immigrant, however, Parastou Saberi argues that Toronto’s urban policies are influenced by a territorialized and racialized security agenda—one that parallels the “War on Terror.” Focusing on the figure of the immigrant and so-called immigrant neighborhoods as the targets of urban policy, Saberi offers an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to the politics of racialization and the governing of alterity through space in contemporary cities.

A comprehensive study of urban policymaking in Canada’s largest city from the 1990s to the late 2010s, Fearing the Immigrant uses Toronto as a jumping-off point to understand how the nexus of development, racialization, and security works at the urban and international levels. Saberi situates urban policymaking in Toronto in relation to…

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