What has it meant to be a man in Canada? Alexander Ross, fur trader and chronicler; Percy Nobbs, Montreal architect, fisherman, and fencer; Andy Paull, Swxwú7mesh residential school survivor, athlete, and lacrosse promoter; Yves Charbonneau, radical nationalist, jazz musician, and commune member; "James," a young man growing up black and gay in postwar Windsor. Who were these men, and how did they identify as masculine?
Populated with figures both well known and unknown, Making Men, Making History frames masculinity as a socially and historically constructed category of identity, susceptible to variation across time, place, and social context. This collection of original essays addresses Canadian masculinities across the country and at various historical points, revealing the frequent dissonance between hegemonic ideals of manhood and masculinity and the everyday lives of men and boys.
The volume showcases some of the best new work in the thriving field of masculinity studies, organized by themes such as expertise and authority, masculine spaces, and fatherhood. With an introduction that contextualizes the international origins of the field, Making Men, Making History is the first book to explore these themes entirely in Canadian historical settings.