Try to Control Yourself: The Regulation of Public Drinking in Post-Prohibition Ontario, 1927-44 by Dan MalleckTry to Control Yourself: The Regulation of Public Drinking in Post-Prohibition Ontario, 1927-44 by Dan Malleck

Try to Control Yourself: The Regulation of Public Drinking in Post-Prohibition Ontario, 1927-44

byDan Malleck

Paperback | January 1, 2013

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Countless authors, historians, journalists, and screenwriters have written about the prohibition era, an age of jazz and speakeasies, gangsters and bootleggers. But only a few have explored what happened when governments turned the taps back on.

In Try to Control Yourself, Dan Malleck shifts the focus to the province of Ontario after the repeal of the Ontario Temperance Act, an age when the government struggled to please both the “wets” and the “drys,” the latter a powerful lobby that continued to believe that alcohol consumption posed a terrible social danger. Did the Liquor Control Board of Ontario pander to temperance forces, or did it forge a new path? Malleck’s from-the-ground-up historical research of regulation in six diverse communities – Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara, Essex County, Waterloo County, and Thunder Bay district – reveals that the Board placated anti-liquor groups while at the same time seeking to define and promote manageable drinking spaces. Its goal was to provide more appealing places in which to consume alcohol than the many illegal drinking dens or “blind pigs,” places where citizens would learn to follow the rules of proper drinking and foster self-control.

The regulation of liquor consumption was a remarkable bureaucratic balancing act between temperance and its detractors but equally between governance and its ideal drinker.

Dan Malleck is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Brock University.
Title:Try to Control Yourself: The Regulation of Public Drinking in Post-Prohibition Ontario, 1927-44Format:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:January 1, 2013Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Emergence of Liquor Control Bureaucracy in Ontario

1 Liquor Control Bureaucracy and the Mechanisms of Governance

2 The Public Life of Liquor, 1927-34

3 Idealistic Form and Realistic Function: Restructuring Public Drinking Space

4 Hearing the Voices: Community Input and the Reshaping of Public Drinking Behaviour

5 “As a Result of Representations Made”: Clientelism and the (Dys)function of Patronage in the LCBO's Regulatory Activities

6 Restructuring Recreation in the Drinking Space

7 Women, Children, and the Family in the Public Drinking Space

8 “Their Medley of Tongues and Eternal Jangle”: Regulating the Racial and Ethnic Outsider

9 Public Drinking and the Challenges of War


Appendix: The Communities




Editorial Reviews

“This well-written history provides a rich and nuanced analysis of how the Liquor Control Board of Ontario responded to a divisive political problem in post-prohibition Ontario: to promote orderly but legal public drinking. It offers a sophisticated theoretical interplay between Foucault's concept of biopower and Weber's work on bureaucratization, revealing a variety of actors – the LCBO, inspectors, police, politicians, licence holders, patrons, pressure groups, and even bootleggers – all enveloped in a web of regulation whose strands, while created by the state, were not completely controlled by it.” - Robert Campbell, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Capilano University and author of Sit Down and Drink Your Beer: Regulating Vancouver’s Beer Parlours, 1925-1954