Gendered Pasts: Historical Essays in Femininity and Masculinity in Canada

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Kathryn McPherson, Kathryn M. McPherson, Nancy M. Forestell, Cecilia Louise Morgan
University of Toronto Press, 2003 - History - 291 pages
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It is commonplace today to suggest that gender is socially constructed, that the roles women and men fulfill in their daily lives have been created and defined for them by society and social institutions. But how have men and women negotiated and navigated the gender roles that have been thrust upon them? With Gendered Pasts, Kathryn McPherson, Cecilia Morgan, and Nancy M. Forestell have collected eleven engaging essays that seek to answer this question in a wide-ranging exploration of specific gendered dimensions of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Canadian history.

The contributors cover all manner of topics related to gender and history across Canada, including: female vagrancy; gambling, drinking, and sex; the role of the miner's wife; the portrayal of gay men; and the sharply defined role of nurses. Unusual in its breadth, Gendered Pasts is essential to the understanding of the various threads and themes in Canadian gender history.

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Kathryn McPherson is an associate professor in the Department of History and the School of Women's Studies at York University. Cecilia Morgan is an assistant professor in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Nancy M. Forestell is an associate professor in the Department of History and the Women's Studies Program at St. Francis Xavier University.

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