“Neither forget nor remember your sex”: sexual politics in the early twentieth-century Canadian office

Boyer, Kate (2003) “Neither forget nor remember your sex”: sexual politics in the early twentieth-century Canadian office. The Journal of Historical Geography, 29, (2), 212-229. (doi:10.1006/jhge.2002.0418).


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This paper examines social relationships in the early twentieth-century Canadian corporate workplace, focusing on Quebec—where the majority of the nation's financial services industry was located. I argue that in the course of building new networks for the flow of information and capital, women and men in the early twentieth-century white-collar workplace also produced new meanings about work and gender. This paper has two parts. Part one charts an overview of when clerical work feminized in Quebec, drawing on published census data and a 10% sample of the 1901 nominal census of Montreal. Drawing on personnel files and company journals from several Canadian financial institutions, part two explores social rules and mores about contact across differences—particularly of gender and religious affiliation—in the early twentieth-century white-collar workplace.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1006/jhge.2002.0418
ISSNs: 0305-7488 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Economy, Culture, Space
ePrint ID: 57885
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2003Published
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:39
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/57885

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