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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Regulating Lives looks at the roles of the state, society, the individual, and the law in the regulation of public and private life. In nine original essays, the authors apply the concepts of social control, moral regulation, and governmentality, as developed by influential social theorists such as Stanley Cohen, Michel Foucault, and Philip Corrigan, to the specific conditions that prevailed in early British Columbia. Along a span of nearly a century and a half -- and across a diversity of topics including intermarriage, mental disorder, prohibition, incest, children's aid, venereal disease, prostitution, and compulsory education -- the essays collectively affirm the power of these ideas to clarify the intricate relations that developed, and continue to exist, between British Columbians and the political, social, and cultural order that surrounds them. In the process, they reveal the boundless potential of the west coast province as a site for such historical expeditions into the terrain of the state, society, the individual, and the law.This collection will interest scholars, researchers, practitioners, and students across 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, Universityof Victoria. Robert Menzies and DorothyChunn are both professors of criminology at Simon FraserUniversity.


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/EthnicMinorities in British Columbia, 1871-1927 / MimiAjzenstadt 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 isAnother': Law and the Politics of Familial Regulation inEarly-Twentieth-Century British Columbia / Robert Adamoski 6. Regulating the 'Respectable' Classes: Venereal Disease,Gender, and Public Health Initiatives in Canada, 1914-35 / RenisaMawani 7. Race, Reason, and Regulation: British Columbia's Mass Exileof Chinese `Lunatics' Aboard the Empress of Russia, 9February 1935 / Robert Menzies 8. The Politics of Naming: Constructing Prostitutes and RegulatingWomen in Vancouver, 1939-45 / Michaela Freund 9. The State, Child Snatching, and the Law: The Seizure andIndoctrination of Sons of Freedom Children in British Columbia, 1950-60/ John McLaren Postlude / John McLaren, Robert Menzies, and DorothyE. 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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