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Filth on the Frontier: Examining Hygiene Narratives in the Writings of Alfred Fitzpatrick, Edmund Bradwin and the Early Decades of Frontier College

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Filth on the Frontier: Examining Hygiene Narratives in the Writings of Alfred Fitzpatrick, Edmund Bradwin and the Early Decades of Frontier College

Moore, Geoffrey (2016) Filth on the Frontier: Examining Hygiene Narratives in the Writings of Alfred Fitzpatrick, Edmund Bradwin and the Early Decades of Frontier College. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

Frontier College is one of the oldest and most venerable of adult education institutions in Canada. It has provided an invaluable service to generations of some of the most marginalized people in this country, histories of the college have been largely reverent. This thesis seeks to build upon the much rarer critical historiography. Frontier College founder Alfred Fitzpatrick, and his lieutenant and successor Edmund Bradwin both displayed a marked hygiene narrative throughout their writings. They similarly ascribed to a gendered, racist, nativist, colonial worldview which idealized a white, British Canada. Frequently there is a considerable overlap or even conflation between opinions about hygiene and those about immigration or race. This thesis argues that this is not due to an accident or confusion on their part, but that this sort of opinion is consistent with a broader, problematic discourse on eugenics to which they subscribed.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Moore, Geoffrey
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Educational Studies
Date:6 June 2016
Thesis Supervisor(s):Waddington, David
ID Code:981701
Deposited By: GEOFFREY MOORE
Deposited On:04 Nov 2016 19:32
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:53
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