Boyer 1993 Justice

Title Information

Author: Laura Kate Boyer

Title: Bounded Justice

Subtitle: Gender, Space and the Law in Early Twentieth Century Vancouver

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, University of British Columbia

Year: December 1993

Pages: vii + 182pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Canadian History | Prosecution: Trials

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Author: Kate Boyer, Faculty of Geography and Environment, University of SouthamptonWikipedia

Abstract: »This thesis represents a selective consideration of the relationships between gender, space and the law in early twentieth century Vancouver, based largely on the cases of sexual violence against women heard before the B.C. Supreme Court in the years between 1915 and 1925. Within these parameters, constructions of space and gender are addressed at three levels. Part one considers how both women and men were situated within early twentieth century legal discourse in the context of trials for sexual violence. Part two suggests how gendered understandings of urban space in early urban Vancouver were produced and reinforced within, and beyond, legal discourse. Finally, part three situates these processes within a wider context of statemaking in early twentieth century British Columbia. It is argued that legal processes were one mechanism by which space in fledgling Vancouver was coded in gendered and sexualized terms, and further, that these social meanings of space were fundamentally bound up with prevailing conceptions of race and class.« [Source: Thesis]


  Abstract (p. ii)
  List of Figures (p. v)
  List of Maps (p. vi)
  Acknowledgements (p. vii)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  Chapter One: Courtroom Treachery (p. 19)
  I. Verbal Testimony (p. 20)
    a) Situating Women Witnesses in Legal Discourse (p. 20)
    b) Qualifiying Women Witnesses' Testimony (p. 23)
    c) Verbal Testimony and Social Positionality (p. 27)
  II. Physical Evidence (p. 36)
    a) Witnessing Bodies (p. 36)
    b) Court as a Space of Spectacle (p. 39)
  Chapter Two: Wickedly, Unlawfully And Against the Order of Nature: Male Homosexuality and Post-Victorian Moral Wrath (p. 44)
  I. The Invention/Discovery of Homosexuality (p. 47)
  II. Bad Habits (p. 48)
  III. South Asians and the Prosecution of Male Homosexuality in the Lower Mainland (p. 54)
  Chapter Three: Boundarylaying in Fledgling Vancouver: What's a Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (p. 70)
  I. The Street as a Space of Danger (p. 71)
  II. Public Space and Fallen Womanhood (p. 79)
  III. Constructions of Fallen Womanhood in Court (p. 84)
  Chapter Four: Home and Constructions of Femininity in Early Twentieth Century Vancouver (p. 96)
  I. An Act for the Protection of Women and Girls (p. 97)
  II. Home As a Wellspring of Womanly Virtue (p. 104)
  III. Constructions of Home in Case Law (p. 118)
    a) Domestic Space and Social Surveillance (p. 123)
  IV. Shifting Boundaries, Changing Meanings (p. 128)
  Chapter Five: Gender Regulation and Statemaking in British Columbia (p. 135)
  I. Rousing Their Better Selves: Reform School and Canadian Nationalism (p. 136)
    a) Daily Routine Within Boys and Girls Industrial Schools (p. 139)
      - Boys (p. 140)
      - Girls (p. 141)
  II. The Calling: Home, War & Empire (p. 146)
    a) Women's Institutes: A Million Jars of Jam (p. 149)
    b) Immigration Practices And Gender Ideologies (p. 155)
  Conclusion (p. 161)
  Bibliography (p. 166)
  Appendices (p. 177)
    Appendix I: Vancouver City Boundaries 1914 (p. 178)
    Appendix II: Vancouver Land Use c. 1919 (p. 179)
    Appendix III: Cases of Sexual Violence heard in Vancouver between 1915 and 1925 by charge (p. 180)
    Appendix IV: Sexual Violence in Vancouver 1915-1925 Cases with locational information heard in Vancouver Assize (p. 181)

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