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The Resource Toronto's girl problem : the perils and pleasures of the city, 1880-1930, Carolyn Strange

Toronto's girl problem : the perils and pleasures of the city, 1880-1930, Carolyn Strange

Label
Toronto's girl problem : the perils and pleasures of the city, 1880-1930
Title
Toronto's girl problem
Title remainder
the perils and pleasures of the city, 1880-1930
Statement of responsibility
Carolyn Strange
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
With the turn of the century came increased industrialization and urbanization, and in Toronto one of the most visible results of this modernization was the influx of young, single women to the city. They came seeking work, independence, and excitement, but they were not to realize these goals without contention. Carolyn Strange examines the rise of the Toronto 'working girl, ' the various agencies that 'discovered' her, the nature of 'the girl problem' from the point of view of moral overseers, the various strategies devised to solve this 'problem, ' and lastly, the young women's responses to moral regulation. The 'working girl' seemed a problem to reformers, evangelists, social investigators, police, the courts, and journalists - men, mostly, who saw women's debasement as certain and appointed themselves as protectors of morality. They portrayed single women as victims of potential economic and sexual exploitation and urban immorality. Such characterization drew attention away from the greater problems these women faced: poverty, unemployment, poor housing and nutrition, and low wages. In the course of her investigation, Strange suggests fresh approaches to working-class and urban history. Her sources include the census, court papers, newspaper accounts, philanthropic society reports, and royal commissions, but Strange also employs less conventional sources, such as photographs and popular songs. She approaches the topic from a feminist viewpoint that is equally sensitive to the class and racial dimensions of the 'girl problem, ' and compares her findings with the emergence of the working woman in contemporary United States and Great Britain. The overriding observation is that Torontonians projected their fears and hopes about urban industrialization onto the figure of the working girl. Young women were regulated from factories and offices, to streetcars and dancehalls, in an effort to control the deleterious effects of industrial capitalism. By the First World War however, their value as contributors to the expanding economy began to outweigh fear of their moral endangerment. As Torontonians grew accustomed to life in the industrial metropolis, the 'working girl' came to be seen as a valuable resource
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Cataloging source
MT4IT
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Strange, Carolyn
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Studies in gender and history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Single women
  • Young women
  • Single women
  • Young women
  • Single women
  • Young women
  • Femmes seules
  • Jeunes femmes
  • Femmes seules
  • Jeunes femmes
  • Femmes seules
  • Jeunes femmes
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • HISTORY
  • Single women
  • Single women
  • Single women
  • Young women
  • Young women
  • Young women
  • Ontario
  • Industrialisierung
  • Junge Frau
  • Berufstätigkeit
  • Soziale Situation
  • Alleinstehende Frau
  • Mädchen
  • Toronto
  • Vrouwen
Label
Toronto's girl problem : the perils and pleasures of the city, 1880-1930, Carolyn Strange
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-287) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ""CONTENTS""; ""ACKNOWLEDGMENTS""; ""1 Introduction""; ""2 City Work, Moral Dilemmas""; ""3 Ruined Girls and Fallen Women""; ""4 The Social Evil in the Queen City""; ""5 Good Times and Bad Girls""; ""6 Temptations, Crimes, and Follies""; ""7 Citizens, Workers, and Mothers of the Race""; ""8 Conclusion""; ""APPENDICES""; ""Single Women and Toronto's Industrial Development, 1880â€?1930""; ""Sex, Crime, and Policing, 1880â€?1930""; ""NOTES""; ""BIBLIOGRAPHY""; ""PICTURE CREDITS""; ""INDEX""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""
  • ""P""""r""; ""s""; ""t""; ""u""; ""v""; ""w""; ""y""; ""illustrations""
Control code
ocn288074815
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 299 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781442682696
Lccn
95184860
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt5805x
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)288074815
Label
Toronto's girl problem : the perils and pleasures of the city, 1880-1930, Carolyn Strange
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-287) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ""CONTENTS""; ""ACKNOWLEDGMENTS""; ""1 Introduction""; ""2 City Work, Moral Dilemmas""; ""3 Ruined Girls and Fallen Women""; ""4 The Social Evil in the Queen City""; ""5 Good Times and Bad Girls""; ""6 Temptations, Crimes, and Follies""; ""7 Citizens, Workers, and Mothers of the Race""; ""8 Conclusion""; ""APPENDICES""; ""Single Women and Toronto's Industrial Development, 1880â€?1930""; ""Sex, Crime, and Policing, 1880â€?1930""; ""NOTES""; ""BIBLIOGRAPHY""; ""PICTURE CREDITS""; ""INDEX""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""
  • ""P""""r""; ""s""; ""t""; ""u""; ""v""; ""w""; ""y""; ""illustrations""
Control code
ocn288074815
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 299 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781442682696
Lccn
95184860
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt5805x
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)288074815

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