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

TitleThe Importance of Being Monogamous: Marriage and Nation Building in Western Canada to 1915
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsCarter, Sarah
Number of Pages383
PublisherUniversity of Alberta Press
CityEdmonton
Abstract

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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Short TitleThe Importance of Being Monogamous
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