The Dominion of Youth: Adolescence and the Making of Modern Canada, 1920 to 1950 (Paperback)Cynthia R. Comacchio (author)
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Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 470 g
Dimensions: 228 x 1 x 24 mm
``This study is remarkable on several fronts. No study to date has analyzed concomitantly the evolving social perceptions of youth, and the changing attitudes and activites of teenagers alongside an analysis of wider social developments in such depth and over such an extended period of time.... Not unrelated ... is her impressive use of extensive and varied sources.... [Comacchio's] study lays new `historiographical ground work' that will assuredly become a mandatory point of departure for future scholars.'' -- Nicole Neatby, Simon Fraser University -- Canadian Historical Review, November 2008, 200811
``Offers a fascinating account of young Canadians during the first half of the twentieth century. In a thoroughly detailed and densely researched work, Comacchio synthesizes several important themse related to adolescent historiogrgaphy including theoretical concepts of youth, familial relations, dating, school, work, and leisure.... What makes the analysis truly innovative is the attention paid to the 1920s as the focus for the emergence of a modern adolescent concept.'' -- Carrie Dickenson, McMaster University -- H-NET BOOK REVIEW, March 2007, 200704
``The Dominion of Youth is an outstanding achievement that will be useful to researchers across many fields and in classes relating to transnational histories of youth, education, nationalism, and modern Canada. Comacchio's work breaks new ground for North American childhood studies. She brings important new observations into the growing global conversation about the history of adolescence and the challenges of finding the voices, practices, and cultural realities of adolescence in the past.'' -- Don Romesburg, Sonama State University -- History of Education Quarterly, Volume 48, Number 3, August 2008, 200809
``This book about the creation and social construction of adolescence in Canada will appeal to historians who are increasingly turning their attention to the second half of the 20th century, where youth experiences and youth culture surface as major themes. As Comacchio clearly demonstrates, the 1950s and 1960s did not mark the emergence of a youth culture in Canada because a separate youth culture predated that period by as much as 30 years. The Dominion of Youth clearly and convincingly establishes the fact and therefore it should become a standard reference on 20th-century you and popular culture.'' -- Linda M. Ambrose, Laurentian University -- Labour/Le Travail, Volume 60, Winter 2007, 200801
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