People and Place presents a path-breaking collection of
essays demonstrating the fascinating ways in which personalities
interact with physical locale in shaping the law. Examining law through
the framework of history, this anthology presents a mixture of
innovative articles produced by established scholars as well as
representatives of the next generation.
The collection represents a rich array of interdisciplinary
expertise, with authors who are law professors, historians,
sociologists and criminologists. Their essays include studies into the
lives of judges and lawyers, rape victims, prostitutes, religious sect
leaders, and common criminals. The geographic scope touches Canada, the
United States and Australia. The essays explore how one individual, or
small self-identified groups, were able to make a difference in how law
was understood, applied, and interpreted. They also probe the degree to
which locale and location influenced legal culture history.
The essays offer snapshots of human history, capturing the
centrality of law as individuals located themselves in relation to
others and to the places and times in which they lived. Accessible to
academics, students, and general readers interested in the formation of
law within a social context, this collection offers a compelling
perspective of this subtle relationship. The close examination of
people and place will allow readers to unpack law's various
meanings across communities and time, and to move closer to a more
profound awareness of the complexity of human society.
Jonathan Swainger is an associate professor of history at the University of Northern British Columbia and author of The Canadian Department of Justice and the Completion of Confederation, 1867-78. Constance Backhouse is a professor of law at the University of Ottawa and co-author of The Heiress and the Old Boys.
Prologue: Louis Knafla and Canadian Legal History / Jonathan Swainger 1) Introduction / Jonathan Swainger and Constance Backhouse 2) The King, the People, the Law ... and the Constitution: Justice Robert Thorpe and the Roots of Irish Whig Ideology in Early Upper Canada / John McLaren 3) William Augustus Miles (1796-1851): Crime, Policing, and Moral Entrepreneurship in England and Australia / David Philips 4) Macleod at Law: A Judicial Biography of James Farquharson Macleod, 1874-94 / Roderick G. Martin 5) "Don't You Bully Me ... Justice I Want If There Is Justice To Be Had": The Rape of Mary Ann Burton, London, Ontario 1907 / Constance Backhouse 6) Murdered Women and Mythic Villains: The Criminal Case and the Imaginary Criminal in the Canadian West, 1886-1930 / Lesley Erickson 7) Boomtown Brothels in the Kootenays, 1895-1905 / Charleen P. Smith 8) "Imagine That! A Lady Going to an Office!": Janet Kathleen Gilley / Joan Brockman and Dorothy E. Chunn 9) Incarcerating Holiness: Religious Enthusiasm and the Law in Oregon, 1904 / Jim Phillips, Kelly Deluca, and Rosemary Gartner 10) Police Culture in British Columbia and "Ordinary Duty" in the Peace River Country, 1910-39 / Jonathan Swainger Contributors Index