What has it meant to be a man in Canada? Alexander Ross, fur trader and chronicler; Percy Nobbs, Montreal architect, fisherman, and fencer; Andy Paull, Skwxwú7mesh residential school survivor, athlete, and lacrosse promoter; Yves Charbonneau, radical nationalist, jazz musician, and commune member; “James,” a young man growing up black and gay in postwar Windsor. Who were these men, and how did they identify as masculine?
Populated with figures both well known and unknown, Making Men, Making History frames masculinity as a socially and historically constructed category of identity, susceptible to time, place, and social context. This collection of original essays addresses Canadian masculinities across the country and at various historical points, revealing the frequent dissonance between hegemonic ideals of manhood and masculinity and the everyday lives of men and boys.
The volume showcases some of the best new work in the thriving field of masculinity studies, organized by themes such as expertise and authority, masculine spaces, and fatherhood. With an introduction that contextualizes the international origins of the field, Making Men, Making History is the first book to explore historical themes entirely in Canadian settings.
This book will find an eager audience among scholars and students interested in the history of gender, masculinity studies, gender studies, and Canadian studies.
Peter Gossage is a professor of Quebec and Canadian history at Concordia University, focusing on family, gender, and society in Quebec. His published works include Families in Transition: Industry and Population in Nineteenth-Century Saint-Hyacinthe and, with J.I. Little, An Illustrated History of Quebec: Tradition and Modernity. Robert Rutherdale is an associate professor of Canadian history at Algoma University. He is the author of Hometown Horizons: Local Responses to Canada’s Great War and co-editor, with Magda Fahrni, of Creating Postwar Canada: Community, Diversity, and Dissent, 1945–75.
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