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Franca Iacovetta’s Gatekeepers Wins the 2008 Sir John A. Macdonald Prize

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Franca Iacovetta’s Gatekeepers Wins the 2008 Sir John A. Macdonald Prize

From Between The Lines:

VANCOUVER – On June 3, 2008, at its Annual Meeting in Vancouver, the Canadian Historical Association awarded the thirtieth Sir John A. Macdonald Prize to Franca Iacovetta’s Gatekeepers. The prize is awarded to the non-fiction work of Canadian history "judged to have made the most significant contribution to an understanding of the Canadian past."

“We are delighted that Franca’s book Gatekeepers has been honoured with this prestigious award,” said Anjula Gogia, Editorial Coordinator at Between the Lines, the book’s publisher. “The Sir John A. Macdonald Prize has typically been awarded to books published by academic presses, so it is also a tremendous achievement for us, a small trade press, to receive this recognition alongside the author.”

About the book
An in-depth study of European immigrants to Canada during the Cold War, Gatekeepers explores interactions among these immigrants and the “gatekeepers” — mostly middle-class individuals and institutions whose definitions of citizenship significantly shaped the immigrant experience. It examines how dominant bourgeois gender and Cold War ideologies of the day shaped attitudes towards new
Canadians and how the newcomers themselves were significant actors who influenced Canadian culture and society, even as their own behaviour was being modified. 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.

About the author
Franca Iacovetta is Professor in the Department 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.

About the prize
The Sir John A. Macdonald Prize is awarded annually to the best book in Canadian history. More information can be found on the Canadian Historical Association website:

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