Marginal by Definition? Stepchildren in Quebec, 1866-1920
Référence bibliographique 
Gossage, Peter. 2004. «Marginal by Definition? Stepchildren in Quebec, 1866-1920». Dans Mapping the Margins : The Family and Social Discipline in Canada, 1700-1975 , sous la dir. de Michael Gauvreau et Christie, Nancy, p. 141-172. Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Intentions : To revisit the myth of the neglected and abuse stepchildren through a historical point of view. The analysis is made between the years 1866-1920.
Questions/Hypothèses : « Historic stepfamilies and historic stepchildren were normative and marginal at the same time. » (p. 141)
Échantillon/Matériau : « Novels, folk tales, legal records, and first-person accounts all have their own light to shed on the question posed at the outset of this chapter. » (p. 161)
Type de traitement des données : Réflexion critique
« Whit its specific attention to stepchildren, this essay tightens the focus and allows us to examine a wide range of issues through the eyes of one of the players in this drama, the one most likely to be marginalized and constructed as a victim. The text is divided in three parts […]. I look in turn at various representation of stepchildren in popular culture, at the legal status of stepchildren under Quebec’ 1866 Civil Code, and at the ways in which a handful of stepchildren recorded their childhood experiences, sometimes in youthful diaries but most often retrospectively in published memoirs and autobiographies. » (p. 143) The author found out that even though it is not the same for all the stepchildren, many of them « found the generosity and other resources they needed to successfully navigate de tricky path out of the margins into a blended nuclear family ». (p. 161)