Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=2080131
 
 

Citations (1)



 


 



Street Railway Strikes, Collective Violence, and the Canadian State, 1886-1914


Eric Tucker


York University - Osgoode Hall Law School; Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University (Visiting)

2009

Barry Wright and Susan Binnie, eds., Canadian State Trials, Vol. III (Toronto: Osgoode Society, 2009), 257-93.

Abstract:     
Street railway strikes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were often accompanied by high levels of public disorder. The challenge to public authorities, however, was not just in the scale of the disorder but also the disjuncture between the behaviour that a significant portion of the working-class community felt was legitimate in the circumstances and what the law tolerated. Public officials confronted with this dilemma had to negotiate between the disparate zones of community and legal toleration. How much disorder would they tolerate before mobilizing the coercive power of the state to protect the right of the street railways to operate with strikebreakers and how much coercive power were they prepared to deploy to impose the law’s order? These are the central questions this chapter addresses, but before turning to the Canadian street railway strikes that are the subject of this chapter, it examines briefly the development of the state’s power to maintain civic order in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: labour, law, public, disorder, policing

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: June 23, 2012 ; Last revised: October 30, 2013

Suggested Citation

Tucker, Eric, Street Railway Strikes, Collective Violence, and the Canadian State, 1886-1914 (2009). Barry Wright and Susan Binnie, eds., Canadian State Trials, Vol. III (Toronto: Osgoode Society, 2009), 257-93. . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2080131

Contact Information

Eric Tucker (Contact Author)
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada
416 736-5578 (Phone)
416 636-5736 (Fax)
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University (Visiting) ( email )
2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 138
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 85
Downloads: 9
Citations:  1

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo1 in 0.250 seconds