Marital Conflict, Ethnicity, and Legal Hybridity in Postconquest Quebec Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • This article explores the terrain of marital conflict in Quebec between 1763 and 1830, focusing on a variety of strategies employed by husbands and wives, ranging from elopement, criminal prosecution for marital violence, and separation. Based on an intensive analysis of the colonial newspapers and a large judicial archive of both criminal and civil proceedings, it seeks to discern patterns of ethnic inflection among men and women using these strategies, and seeks to postulate a growing legal hybridity, one that particularly affected the assumptions and practice of French customary law in the first six decades following the British conquest.

publication date

  • October 2016