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Try to Control Yourself: The Regulation of Public Drinking in Post-Prohibition Ontario, 1927-44 (Hardback)

Dan Malleck

Edité par University of British Columbia Press, Canada, 2012
ISBN 10: 0774822201 / ISBN 13: 9780774822206
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Titre : Try to Control Yourself: The Regulation of ...

Éditeur : University of British Columbia Press, Canada

Date d'édition : 2012

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. The prohibition era of gangsters and bootleggers has captured our imagination. But what happened when government turned the taps back on? Dan Malleck shows that contrary to popular belief, post-prohibition Ontario was an age when the government struggled to please both the wets and the drys. Rather than pandering to temperance groups, officials sought to define and promote manageable drinking spaces in which citizens would follow the rules of proper drinking and foster self-control. The regulation of liquor consumption was a remarkable bureaucratic balancing act between temperance and its detractors but equally between governance and its ideal drinker. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780774822206

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Synopsis : Countless authors, historians, journalists, and screenwriters have written about the prohibition era, an age of jazz and speakeasies, gangsters and bootleggers. But only a few have explored what happened when governments turned the taps back on.

In Try to Control Yourself, Dan Malleck shifts the focus to the province of Ontario after the repeal of the Ontario Temperance Act, an age when the government struggled to please both the "wets" and the "drys," the latter a powerful lobby that continued to believe that alcohol consumption posed a terrible social danger. Did the Liquor Control Board of Ontario pander to temperance forces, or did it forge a new path? Malleck's from-the-ground-up historical research of regulation in six diverse communities -- Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara, Essex County, Waterloo County, and Thunder Bay district -- reveals that the Board placated anti-liquor groups while at the same time seeking to define and promote manageable drinking spaces. Its goal was to provide more appealing places in which to consume alcohol than the many illegal drinking dens or "blind pigs," places where citizens would learn to follow the rules of proper drinking and foster self-control.

The regulation of liquor consumption was a remarkable bureaucratic balancing act, between temperance and its detractors but equally between governance and its ideal drinker.

Synopsis: The prohibition era of gangsters and bootleggers has captured our imagination. But what happened when government turned the taps back on? Dan Malleck shows that, contrary to popular belief, post-prohibition Ontario was an age when the government struggled to please both the "wets" and the "dries." Rather than pandering to temperance groups, officials sought to define and promote manageable drinking spaces in which citizens would follow the rules of proper drinking and foster self-control. Post-prohibition liquor control was not a restrictive regulatory force but rather something more pragmatic - a bureaucratic attempt to balance temperance with recognition that prohibition was unsustainable.

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