Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgements

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pp. vii-viii

There are a number of debts associated with this book. First and foremost, I would like to thank Rebecca Coulter who has always been a constant source of inspiration. Her continuous support and encouragement, as well as her wise, prudent, generous, and thoughtful counsel, has helped sustain...

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Introduction: Approaching Boyhood In Postwar Ontario

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pp. ix-xxviii

As these observations suggest, in country town as in burgeoning metropolis, among local commentators and highly trained professionals alike, the early post–Second World War years saw Ontarians much preoccupied with the nature and potential of boyhood. Ontario Boys explores these public discourses during the so-called Baby Boom years, from roughly 1945...

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1. Home, Family, Citizenship: Shaping the Boyhood Ideal

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pp. 1-26

The popular and professional ideas on boyhood in the late 1940s and the 1950s took shape in a social and political context impacted by dislocations and upheavals in marital and familial relations brought on by Depression era and wartime conditions. Out of this social and political turbulence came a...

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2. One for All: Teamwork and the Boyhood Ideal

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pp. 27-54

The growth of corporate culture in postwar Ontario compelled corporations to draw attention to the problems of administration and management that arose when men worked in groups rather than individually. What corporations required during the postwar period was the right kind of...

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3. One above All: The Heroic Ideal in Boyhood

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pp. 55-74

Competing models of masculinity emerged as traditional notions of rugged individual manliness were superseded by a much more corporate mindset. Some adults promoted a version of boyhood that would help boys become men in grey flannel suits, who would slide easily into corporate...

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4. Dissonant Ideas: Other Boyhoods

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pp. 75-100

As Ontarians strove to regulate boyhood, a key issue was the bad boy. For many adults, this version of boyhood stood in direct contrast to the normal boy. The bad boy was imagined as probably from a workingpoor neighbourhood and as incapable of integrating himself with the “normal”...

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5. Changes and Continuities: Historic and Contemporary Boyhood Ideals

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pp. 101-120

Looking over the postwar years, it is not hard to see this period as something of a familiar story: concerns about boyhood ran alongside a broader “crisis” in masculinity. Once again, concerns about the status of boyhood have emerged front and centre in the gendered landscape of public discourse...

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6. Conclusion: Making Ontario Boys, 1945–1960

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pp. 121-128

In the immediate postwar years in Ontario there existed a deep preoccupation with boyhood, in reaction to the uncertainty, insecurity, instability, and gender anxiety brought on by Depression era and wartime disruptions in marital, family, and labour relations, rapid postwar economic changes, the emergence...

Notes

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pp. 129-162

References and Sources

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pp. 163-172

Index

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pp. 173-182

Series Page

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