SOC323-Law and Society
LECTURE 2: 1/13/14
-what does it mean to “do history”?
-Loo—“the Road from Bute Inlet”
-Savage vs. non-savage
-The Criminal Code
-Canada vs. United States
-Canada: Raceless Nation?
History as a Methodology to explore law and society relationship
a) historiography: how history is written
-look at it with a critical eye and how is it done
-what evidence is privileged
-what does Loo use as evidence?
-written documents and a comprehensive look at documents from that time
-phrenology: looking at the skulls of ppl
-primary sources: diaries, newspaper articles, journals
-looking at big singular interesting cases were odd things happensused to extract
meaning: such as colonial meaning or colonial identity
-reliant on recorded work instead of word of mouth since they will be deceased
-** not telling a story on what exactly happened—use evidence in diff things
-in the recommended reading
-2 competing views: how does historian decide which to follow?
-negotiate between them or understand that evidence shouldn’t be taken for granted and
don’t take it as face value -history is a discourse about but fundamentally different from the past
-history is more of a story not so argumentative
-what theoretical constructs is the author coming from?
-usually buried in the footnotes—usually explains what they are trying to argue
b) History as a ‘story’
-Loo’s main argument: colonial identitytells us