Between tradition and modernity: Spaces and times for leisure in Montreal and Toronto in the 20th century

Authors
Citation
M. Dagenais, Between tradition and modernity: Spaces and times for leisure in Montreal and Toronto in the 20th century, CAN HIST R, 82(2), 2001, pp. 308-330
Citations number
37
Language
FRANCESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
History
Journal title
CANADIAN HISTORICAL REVIEW
ISSN journal
0008-3755 → ACNP
Volume
82
Issue
2
Year of publication
2001
Pages
308 - 330
Database
ISI
SICI code
0008-3755(200106)82:2<308:BTAMSA>2.0.ZU;2-7
Abstract
It ws during the twentieth century that Canadian society became truly urban . Although urbanization and the rise of large cities were blamed for a host of environmental, social, and human problems, they were also perceived as tangible evidence of the country's economic and technological progress and as necessary consequences of Canada's full participation in the new century . These contradictory responses to the city found strong expression in the are of culture and leisure and contributed to their transformation. The new urban realities fuelled thoughtful and animated discussions about access t o urban public spaces and how such spaces were to be shared by diverse soci al groups, about the secularization of time and space, as well as about the definition of leisure activities and their democratization. Two stories--t he building of a streetcar line on Montreal's Mount Royal and the use of To ronto's parks on Sundays--illustrate the complex processes of adaptation to urban life in the twentieth century.