Negotiating Identities in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Montreal
328 pages, 6 x 9
15 b&w photos
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Release Date:01 Jan 2006
ISBN:9780774811989
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Release Date:24 Aug 2005
ISBN:9780774811972
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Negotiating Identities in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Montreal

UBC Press

Negotiating Identities in 19th- and 20th-Century Montreal illuminates the cultural complexity and richness of a modernizing city and its people. The chapters focus on sites where identities were forged and contested over crucial decades in Montreal’s history. Readers will discover the links between identity, place, and historical moment as they meet vagrant women, sailors in port, unemployed men of the Great Depression, elite families, shopkeepers, reformers, notaries, and social workers, among others. This is a fascinating study that explores the intersections of state, people, and the voluntary sector to elucidate the processes that took people between homes and cemeteries, between families and shops, and onto the streets. This book will be of interest to a wide range of social and cultural historians, critical geographers, students of gender studies, and those wanting to know more about the fascinating past of one of Canada’s most lively cities.

This book will be of interest to a wide range of social and cultural historians, critical geographers, students of gender studies, and those wanting to know more about the fascinating past of one of Canada’s most lively cities.

This book combines a number of key topics that greatly enhance historians’ understanding of Montreal’s cultural diversity. Scholars with a wide range of interests – those studying identity formation, the public/private divide, agency and regulation, consumer behavior, and collective memory – will find this an illuminating and valuable volume. Alan Gordon, author of Making Public Pasts: The Contested Terrain of Montréal’s Public Memories

Bettina Bradbury is a member of the History and Women’s Studies Departments at York University. Tamara Myers is a member of the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. Contributors: Bettina Bradbury, Marie-Eve Harbec, Karine Hébert, Tamara Myers, Mary Anne Poutanen, Darcy Ingram,   Jarrett Rudy, Anna Shea and Suzanne Morton, Sylvie Taschereau, and Brian Young

1. Introduction: Negotiating Identities in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Montreal / Bettina Bradbury and Tamara Myers

Part 1: Homes and Homelessness

2. Bonds of Friendship, Kinship, and Community: Gender, Homelessness, and Mutual Aid in Early-Nineteenth-Century Montreal / Mary Anne Poutanen

3. Saving the Union's Jack: The Montreal Sailors' Institute and the Homeless Sailor, 1862-98 / Darcy Ingram

4. Keeping Men Out of "Public or Semi-Public" Places: The Montreal Day Shelter for Homeless Men, 1931-34 / Anna Shea and Suzanne Morton

Part 2: Death, Burial, and Widowhood

5. Death, Burial, and Protestant Identity in an Elite Family: The Montreal McCords / Brian Young

6. Widows Negotiate the Law: The First Year of Widowhood in Early-Nineteenth-Century Montreal / Bettina Bradbury

Part 3: Youth, Institutions, and Identities

7. The Ideal Education to Construct an Ideal World: The Dunham Ladies' College and the Anglican Elite of the Montreal Diocese, 1860-1913 / Marie-Eve Harbec, translated by Yvonne Klein

8. On Probation: The Rise and Fall of Jewish Women's Anti-Delinquency Work in Interwar Montreal / Tamara Myers

9. From Tomorrow’s Elite to Young Intellectual Workers: The Search for Identity among Montreal University Students, 1900-58 / Karine Hébert, translated by Steven Watt

Part 4: Selling and Consumption

10. "Behind the Store": Montreal Shopkeeping Families Between the Wars / Sylvie Taschereau, translated by Yvonne Klein

11. A Ritual Transformed: Women Smokers in Montreal, 1888-1950 / Jarrett Rudy

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