Importance of Being Monogamous Marriage and Nation Building in Western Canada to 1915

ISBN-10: 0888644906

ISBN-13: 9780888644909

Edition: 2008

Authors: Sarah Carter

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Sarah Carter provides a detailed description of marriage as a diverse social institution in nineteenth-century Western Canada, and the subsequent ascendancy of Christian, lifelong, heterosexual, monogamous marriage as an instrument to implement dominant British-Canadian values. It took work to impose the monogamous model of marriage as the region was home to a varied population of Aboriginal people and newcomers such as the Mormons, each of whom had their own definitions of marriage, including polygamy and flexible attitudes toward divorce. The work concludes with an explanation of the negative social consequences for women, particularly Aboriginal women, that arose as a result of the imposition of monogamous marriage.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Alberta Press
Publication date: 4/9/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Sarah A. Carter is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Calgary.

Acknowledgements
Creating, Challenging, Imposing, and Defending the Marriage "Fortress"
Customs Not in Common: The Monogamous Ideal and Diverse Marital Landscape of Western Canada
Making Newcomers to Western Canada Monogamous
"A Striking Contrast...Where Perpetuity of Union and Exclusiveness is Not a Rule, at Least Not a Strict Rule": Plains Aboriginal Marriage
The 1886 "Traffic in Indian Girls" Panic and the Foundation of the Federal Approach to Aboriginal Marriage and Divorce
Creating "Semi-Widows" and "Supernumerary Wives": Prohibiting Polygamy in Prairie Canada's Aboriginal Communities
"Undigested, Conflicting and Inharmonious": Administering First Nations Marriage and Divorce
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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