Erickson 2011 Violence

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Author: Lesley Erickson

Title: Westward Bound

Subtitle: Sex, Violence, the Law, and the Making of a Settler Society

Place: Vancouver

Publisher: UBC Press

Year: 2011

Pages: 360pp.

Series: Law and Society Series

ISBN-13: 9780774818582 (hc.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780774818599 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780774818605 (pdf) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780774859950 (epub) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century, 20th Century | Canadian History



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Contents:

  List of Figures and Tables (p. ix)
  Foreword (p. xi)
  Acknowledgments (p. xiii)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  1 Fruitful Land, Happy Homes, Manly Titans: Settlement Frontiers, Law, and the Intimate in Colonialism and Nation Building (p. 16)
  2 They Know No Better: Maintaining Race and Managing Domestic Space at the Fringes of Civilization (p. 44)
  3 The Most Public of Private Women: Prostitutes, Reformers, and Police Courts (p. 78)
  4 The Farmer, the Pioneer Woman, and the Hired Hand: Sexual Violence, Seduction, and the Boundaries of Class (p. 115)
  5 For Family, Nation, and Empire: Policing Drugs, Abortion, and Heterosexuality in the Interwar City (p. 142)
  6 The Might of a Good Strong Hand: Domestic Violence, Wife Murder, and Incest (p. 174)
  7 She Is to Be Pitied, Not Punished: The Murderess, the Woman Question, and the Capital Punishment Debate (p. 201)
  Conclusion (p. 229)
  Notes (p. 239)
  Bibliography (p. 292)
  Index (p. 321)

Description:

»In the late nineteenth century, European expansionism found one of its last homes in the North American West. While the settlement of the American West was renowned for its lawlessness, the Canadian Prairies enjoyed a tamer reputation symbolized by the Mountie and his legendary triumph over chaos.
Westward Bound debunks the myth of Canada’s peaceful West and the masculine conceptions of law and violence upon which it rests by shifting the focus from Mounties and whisky traders to criminal cases involving women between 1886 and 1940, where offences ranged from rape and wife-beating to husband murder and prostitution. In doing so, Erickson opens a window onto a world where judges' and juries' responses to the most intimate or violent acts were coloured by a desire to shore up the liberal economic order by maintaining boundaries between men and women, Native people and newcomers, and capital and labour. Victims and accused could only hope to harness entrenched ideas about masculinity, femininity, race, and class in their favour. The results, Erickson shows, were predictable but never certain.
This fascinating exploration of hegemony and resistance in key contact zones not only complicates traditional narratives of prairie exceptionalism, it also draws the region’s history into larger debates about law, colonialism, and nation building. This book will be welcomed by social and legal historians, those with an interest in colonial and frontier history, as well as scholars and students of law and gender.« (Source: UBC Press)

Reviews:

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Bertram, Laurie K. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 13(3) (Winter 2012). – Full Text: Project MUSE (Restricted Access)

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