People and Place demonstrates the fascinating ways in which personality and locale interact to shape the law, and how location influences legal cultural history. The essays, written in honour of legal historian Louis Knafla by a diverse array of scholars -- including legal theorists, historians, and criminologists -- examine law through the framework of history. They look at the lives of judges and lawyers, rape victims, prostitutes, religious sect leaders, and common criminals to explore how individuals or small groups have been able to make a difference in how law has been understood, applied, and interpreted. The studies centre primarily on Canada but some examine these issues abroad. The essays will allow readers to explore law's various meanings across communities and time and to develop a more profound awareness of the complexity of human society. Accessible to academics, students, and general readers interested in the formation of law within a social context, this collection offers a compelling perspective of the subtle relationship of people, place, and the law.
Jonathan Swainger is an associate professor of historyat the University of Northern British Columbia and author of TheCanadian Department of Justice and the Completion of Confederation,1867-78. Constance Backhouse is a professor oflaw at the University of Ottawa and co-author of The Heiress andthe Old Boys.
Prologue: Louis Knafla and Canadian Legal History / JonathanSwainger 1) Introduction / Jonathan Swainger and ConstanceBackhouse 2) The King, the People, the Law ... and the Constitution: JusticeRobert Thorpe and the Roots of Irish Whig Ideology in Early UpperCanada / John McLaren 3) William Augustus Miles (1796-1851): Crime, Policing, and MoralEntrepreneurship in England and Australia / David Philips 4) Macleod at Law: A Judicial Biography of James FarquharsonMacleod, 1874-94 / Roderick G. Martin 5) "Don't You Bully Me ... Justice I Want If There IsJustice To Be Had": The Rape of Mary Ann Burton, London, Ontario1907 / Constance Backhouse 6) Murdered Women and Mythic Villains: The Criminal Case and theImaginary Criminal in the Canadian West, 1886-1930 / LesleyErickson 7) Boomtown Brothels in the Kootenays, 1895-1905 / Charleen P.Smith 8) "Imagine That! A Lady Going to an Office!": JanetKathleen Gilley / Joan Brockman and Dorothy E. Chunn 9) Incarcerating Holiness: Religious Enthusiasm and the Law inOregon, 1904 / Jim Phillips, Kelly Deluca, and RosemaryGartner 10) Police Culture in British Columbia and "Ordinary Duty"in the Peace River Country, 1910-39 / Jonathan Swainger Contributors Index