Another online overview plans to gather input on the border-crossing propensities and preferences of B.C. furthermore, Washington state occupants.
Titled “Representations and Practices of the Canada/U.S. Border,” the online survey was designed by Pierre-Alexandre Beylier, an research individual at Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) and the University of Victoria.
Beylier said that the study went live about a month prior and will stay open through mid 2020. He said it is gone for everybody, except especially occupants of Point Roberts, Blaine and the whole territory between Burlington, Washington toward the south and Surrey, B.C. toward the north.
“I am trying to assess how border communities interact with the border, why they cross, how frequently they cross and if there’s a link between their proximity to the border, their crossing and the way they picture the border,” said Beylier.
The survey incorporates around 20 inquiries and takes under 15 minutes to finish. A portion of the inquiries are clear, for example, the inquiries concerning your border-crossing reasons, recurrence and goals. Different questions are progressively recondite, for example, the inquiries concerning whether you think the border is visible, and whether you think you share a typical personality with individuals living over the fringe.
“I’ve had people taking the survey in front of me, and they were sometimes puzzled by these questions,” said Beylier. “Visibility means different things for different people. Some people don’t see [the border] at all. For others, cultural differences or border controls play a role. It has to do with how they picture the border, and their own experiences at the border.”
Beylier, who is a partner teacher at Grenoble Alpes University in France and composed his Ph.D. proposal on post-9/11 changes at the U.S./Canada fringe, said that the aftereffects of the review will come full circle in an exploration paper for BPRI and conceivably a book.
“My research is really to gain a far-reaching understanding of how cross-border travel functions here in the area, and how the border structures these cross-border flows,” said Beylier.
A definitive objective, he stated, is to decide “if there is something bigger that unites B.C. and the state of Washington.” He assumes there is. “There is such a thing as cross-border identity,” he said. “There is such a thing as Cascadia. It has a meaning in people’s territorial practices.”
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