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- DescriptionCase files, records from all kinds of social, medical, governmental, military, and other agencies, become available to researchers once confidentiality is longer in question. Such records are an important source for scholars in social history and related fields, providing insight t only into the lives of ordinary people but into the workings of the agencies that kept the records as well. Case files contain a wealth of information and challenge researchers by their complexity and the variety of approaches and methodologies their analysis demands. On the Case is a timely book intended to provide a forum for discussing the theoretical and methodological issues that case files raise. The book brings together theoretical debates, new research, and new research methods and offers compelling illustrations of the drama, conflict, and power relations that the case file can capture. This collection of essays features some of Canada's leading social historians. Readers will encounter an impressive array of case files, including psychiatrists' accounts of sexual deviants, employment records of sailors, state welfare and Indian Affairs reports, court records, the patient forms of hospital and asylum doctors, and state security files. While the contributors differ in choice of subject and approach, they share a commitment to the progressive traditions of social history. They recover the voices and actions of people - t only of those with power but also of those who seemingly have ne.Case files have proved crucial to scholars developing such new fields of historical study as sexuality, gay and lesbian lives, and domestic violence, and have reinvigorated work in more established fields of history such as immigration, security and intelligence, and the modern welfare state. On the Case is unique in offering new research as well as guiding readers through recent debates and the various theoretical and methodological challenges created by case files.
- Author BiographyFranca Iacovetta is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. Wendy Mitchinson is Professor of History at the University of Waterloo.
- PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
- Date of Publication11/06/1998
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Place of PublicationToronto
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintUniversity of Toronto Press
- Content Note10ill.8tabs.
- Weight480 g
- Width149 mm
- Height224 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Edited byFranca Iacovetta,Wendy Mitchinson
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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