Regulating Lives: Historical Essays on the State, Society, the Individual, and the Law (Law and Society)

Regulating Lives: Historical Essays on the State, Society, the Individual, and the Law (Law and Society)

By: Dorothy E. Chunn (editor), Robert Menzies (editor)Paperback

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This book examines Canadian experiences of social control, moral regulation, and governmentality during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Informed by the wealth of theoretical and historical writings that have recently emerged on these subjects, the contributors explore diverse state, social, legal, and human encounters with the regulation of lives in British Columbia and Canadian history. Incest in the criminal courts, racial-ethnic dimensions of alcohol regulation, public health initiatives around venereal disease, and the seizure and indoctrination of Doukhobor children, among other issues, are examined in these nine original essays. This collection will interest scholars, researchers, practitioners, and students of a wide range of contexts including law, history, sociology, criminology, women's studies, Native studies, social work, and political science.

About Author

John McLaren is Lansdowne Professor of Law, University of Victoria. Robert Menzies and Dorothy Chunn are both professors of criminology at Simon Fraser University.


Acknowledgments Introduction / John McLaren, Robert Menzies, and Dorothy E. Chunn 1. 'A Strange Revolution in the Manners of the Country': Aboriginal-Settler Intermarriage in Nineteenth-Century British Columbia / Jay Nelson 2. Control of the Insane in British Columbia, 1849-78: Care, Cure, or Confinement? / Gerry Ferguson 3. Racializing Prohibitions: Alcohol Laws and Racial/Ethnic Minorities in British Columbia, 1871-1927 / Mimi Ajzenstadt 4. Secrets and Lies: The Criminalization of Incest and the (Re)Formation of the `Private' in British Columbia, 1890-1940 / Dorothy E. Chunn 5. 'Charity is One Thing and the Administration of Justice is Another': Law and the Politics of Familial Regulation in Early-Twentieth-Century British Columbia / Robert Adamoski 6. Regulating the 'Respectable' Classes: Venereal Disease, Gender, and Public Health Initiatives in Canada, 1914-35 / Renisa Mawani 7. Race, Reason, and Regulation: British Columbia's Mass Exile of Chinese `Lunatics' Aboard the Empress of Russia, 9 February 1935 / Robert Menzies 8. The Politics of Naming: Constructing Prostitutes and Regulating Women in Vancouver, 1939-45 / Michaela Freund 9. The State, Child Snatching, and the Law: The Seizure and Indoctrination of Sons of Freedom Children in British Columbia, 1950-60 / John McLaren Postlude / John McLaren, Robert Menzies, and Dorothy E. Chunn Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780774808873
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780774808873
  • weight: 440
  • ISBN10: 077480887X

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