Household Politics: Montreal Families and Postwar Reconstruction
Référence bibliographique 
Fahrni, Magdalena. 2005. Household Politics: Montreal Families and Postwar Reconstruction. Toronto: Presses de l’Université Toronto.
Intentions : «This book explores the meanings of postwar reconstruction for Montreal families. It argues that reconstruction plans, for theses families included a stable home life scaffolded on social and economic security. These plans also involved expanded definitions of citizenship that included not only female suffrage […], but also welfare-state measures and a reasonable cost-of-living.» (p 6-7)
Échantillon/Matériau : «This book draws on a wide range of sources, including government records, the papares of private social welfare agencies and of women’s voluntary associations, the records of Catholic institutions, including the Société de Saint-Vincent de Paul and organizations affiliated with the Action catholique, union records, school board files and newspapers representing Montreal’s mass-circulation, nationalist, labour, and religious press.» (p. 25-26)
Type de traitement des données : Analyse de contenu Réflexion critique
«Household Politics explores the meanings of postwar reconstruction for Montreal families. It examines the ways in which members of both working-class and middle-class families took wartime promises, such as democracy, liberty, and freedom from want, seriously, and the ways in which they incorporated theses promises into their postwar expectations. ‘Social security’, for instance, was not just a political platitude: it had real meaning to families who had lived through the poverty of the Depression and the unsettled years of war. Montrealers chose security in their reconstruction campaigns. In seeking security, they called for and negotiated new kinds of citizenship. […] This book contributes to the historical literature on reconstruction, the family, citizenship and the welfare state, the public, and postwar Quebec. It does so by examining a series of examples of what I call ‘household politics’ – Montrealers’ attempts, in the 1940s, to place their households on a more secure footing while at the same time making family matters a subject for public (and political) discussion.» (p. 146-147) One example of this is the subject of chapter four which is «[t]he commemoration of Montreal’s mass marriage and the postwar efforts of the Ligue Ouvrière Catholique on behalf of French-Canadian familiales [that] highlight an alternative vision of reconstruction to the one proposed by federal Liberals.» (p. 147)