Domestic Reforms: Political Visions and Family Regulation in British Columbia, 1862-1940 by Chris ClarksonDomestic Reforms: Political Visions and Family Regulation in British Columbia, 1862-1940 by Chris Clarkson

Domestic Reforms: Political Visions and Family Regulation in British Columbia, 1862-1940

byChris Clarkson

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Domestic Reforms tells a complicated story of family andwelfare law reform within the context of British Columbia’stransformation from a British colonial enclave to a white settlerCanadian province. It inherited a British legal system that grantedmarried men control over most family property and imposed fewobligations on them toward their wives and children. Yet from the 1860sonward, lawmakers throughout the Anglo-American world, includinglegislators on the Pacific Coast, began to grant women and children newrights. Feminist scholars have long debated the reasons for thesereforms. Why did male legislators choose to depart from patriarchalnorms, enacting laws that eroded husbands’ control over propertyand increased their obligations? More important, what were the legaland social consequences?

Chris Clarkson examines three waves of property, inheritance, andmaintenance law reform, arguing that each was related to a broaderpolitical vision intended to precipitate vast social and economiceffects. He analyzes the impact of the legislation, with emphasis onthe ambitions of regulated populations, the influence of the judiciary,and the social and fiscal concerns of generations of legislators andbureaucrats.

Chris Clarkson is a History Professor at Okanagan College.
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Title:Domestic Reforms: Political Visions and Family Regulation in British Columbia, 1862-1940Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.73 inPublished:January 1, 2008Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part 1: The Yeoman Dream

1. Deserted Wives and Independent Men

2. Married Women, Country Wives, and Destitute Orphans

3. Chivalry and the Democratic Judiciary

Part 2: A Vision of Mutualistic Hierarchy

4. Creditors' Rights, the 1887 Married Women's Property Act,and the Emergence of a Liberal Femininity

Part 3: 'The Conservation ofChild-Life'

5. Maintaining the 'Hope of the Race': Child-Saving in aConservative Era, 1901-15

6. Child Protection and Women's Equality in the Liberal Era,1916-23

7. Public Policy, Published Decisions, and Police Courts

 

Conclusion

Notes; Select Bibliography

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British Columbia inherited a legal system that granted married mencontrol over most family property and imposed few obligations on themtoward their wives and children. Yet from the 1860s onward, lawmakersthroughout the Anglo-American world, including legislators on thePacific Coast, began to grant women and children new rights.Domestic Reforms deftly analyzes the impact of thelegislation, with emphasis on the ambitions of regulated populations,the influence of the judiciary, and the social and fiscal concerns ofgenerations of legislators and bureaucrats.