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People and Place

Historical Influences on Legal Culture

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

People and Place

Historical Influences on Legal Culture

The collection represents a rich array of interdisciplinary expertise, with authors who are law professors, historians, sociologists and criminologists. Their essays include studies into the lives of judges and lawyers, rape victims, prostitutes, religious sect leaders, and common criminals. The geographic scope touches Canada, the United States and Australia. The essays explore how one individual, or small self-identified groups, were able to make a difference in how law was understood, applied, and interpreted. They also probe the degree to which locale and location influenced legal culture history.

256 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents

Prologue: Louis Knafla and Canadian Legal History / Jonathan Swainger

1) Introduction / Jonathan Swainger and Constance Backhouse

2) The King, the People, the Law ... and the Constitution: Justice Robert Thorpe and the Roots of Irish Whig Ideology in Early Upper Canada / John McLaren

3) William Augustus Miles (1796-1851): Crime, Policing, and Moral Entrepreneurship in England and Australia / David Philips

4) Macleod at Law: A Judicial Biography of James Farquharson Macleod, 1874-94 / Roderick G. Martin

5) "Don’t You Bully Me ... Justice I Want If There Is Justice To Be Had": The Rape of Mary Ann Burton, London, Ontario 1907 / Constance Backhouse

6) Murdered Women and Mythic Villains: The Criminal Case and the Imaginary Criminal in the Canadian West, 1886-1930 / Lesley Erickson

7) Boomtown Brothels in the Kootenays, 1895-1905 / Charleen P. Smith

8) "Imagine That! A Lady Going to an Office!": Janet Kathleen Gilley / Joan Brockman and Dorothy E. Chunn

9) Incarcerating Holiness: Religious Enthusiasm and the Law in Oregon, 1904 / Jim Phillips, Kelly Deluca, and Rosemary Gartner

10) Police Culture in British Columbia and "Ordinary Duty" in the Peace River Country, 1910-39 / Jonathan Swainger



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