‘To indulge their carnal appetites’: Prostitution in Early Nineteenth Century Montreal, 1810-1842

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Author/collaborator
Title
‘To indulge their carnal appetites’: Prostitution in Early Nineteenth Century Montreal, 1810-1842
Abstract
The author focuses on the complex relationships between Montreal prostitutes in the first half of the nineteenth century, their family members, neighbours, and others who accused them of morality offences, and the criminal justice system which processed the complaints. Using judicial records and an array of other sources, the author seeks to reconstruct these relationships, to explore how the women manoeuvred within the criminal justice system, and to reconstitute their lives. The author found that there was no single compelling reason why women entered prostitution. She argues that their decision to work as prostitutes was influenced by their social class and ethnicity. Many chose prostitution as a temporary solution to pressing economic issues, some as a long-term solution to problems associated with chronic alcoholism and homelessness, for others, prostitution provided an opportunity for upward mobility.
Type
PhD dissertation
University
Université de Montréal
Place
Montréal
Date
1997
Language
en
URL
Citation
Poutanen, Mary Anne. “‘To Indulge Their Carnal Appetites’: Prostitution in Early Nineteenth Century Montreal, 1810-1842.” PhD dissertation, Université de Montréal, 1997. http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk3/ftp04/nq26719.pdf.
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