National Manhood and the Creation of Modern Quebec

National Manhood and the Creation of Modern Quebec

National Manhood and the Creation of Modern Quebec

National Manhood and the Creation of Modern Quebecs

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Référence bibliographique [20164]

National Manhood and the Creation of Modern Quebec. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs

Intentions :
Le livre explore la question de la masculinité au Québec à la fin du XIXe et début du XXe siècle. À noter que cette fiche porte précisément sur le deuxième chapitre qui aborde la question de la masculinité par le biais de l’hétérosexualité.

2. Méthode

Échantillon/Matériau :
Données documentaires diverses

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu
Réflexion critique

3. Résumé

Chapter 2 «focuses on urban reformers, medical professionals, and a number of Catholic priests who were growing increasingly concerned about the fate of manhood in the industrial city, where overcrowding, poverty, disease, and pollution appeared to be compromising men’s physical health, which in turn was endangering these men’s ability to participate fully in the new industrial arena and placing the future of the French Canadian race at risk.» (p. 16) As a response to these threats against manhood, «[m]arriage became during these years an important marker of a man’s normality. Just as consumers purchased goods to signal something about themselves, marriage in the interwar Quebec became a potent marker of one’s sexual normality. […] The promotion of companionate marriage, much like the embrace of sex education, was thus in part a defensive reaction on the part of experts and priests against the threats associated with the modern industrial city. Among the greatest perceived threats were those women who were said to be enjoying the freedoms available to them in the cities. There developed a fear that women were in fact beginning to turn their backs on marriage. […] The companionate marriage, then, was promoted in part to lure women back to the domestic sphere with the promise that they would find just as much happiness and fulfilment within marriage as they might as single women in the city’s public spaces.» (p. 55-56)