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by Keith Walden

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ISBN:
0802008852
Author:
Keith Walden
Category:
Americas
Language:
English
Publisher:
Univ of Toronto Pr; 1st edition (May 1, 1997)
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430 pages
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Walden, Keith, 1948-. Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press.

Walden, Keith, 1948-. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china.

Becoming Modern in Toronto book.

Keith Walden's Becoming Modern in Toronto is not consciously urban history, but a cultural history of the Toronto .

More precisely, this book is about how an annual fair helped shape understanding in a society going through unsettling change. Walden of Trent University uses late Victorian Toronto and the Exhibition to explore his chief interest-the process of modernization and how the "new cultural history" can help us to comprehend this change.

Unlike other studies of its kind, it fully integrates experiences on and off the fairground by viewing the fair as a microcosm of developing structures in the city and surrounding rural areas

Becoming modern; being modern: few people in the late Victorian period thought of their experiences in these terms.

Becoming modern; being modern: few people in the late Victorian period thought of their experiences in these terms. The meaning of their lives did not derive from abstract measurements of increasing bureaucracy, state regulation, population movement, or manufacturing output.

Unlike other studies of its kind, it fully integrates experiences on and off the fairground by viewing the fair as a microcosm of developing structures in the city and sur-rounding rural areas.

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Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997. Janet Wright, Crown Assets. The Architecture of the Department of Public Works, 1867–1967. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997. Churchill College, Cambridge.

Becoming modern in Toronto. Published 1997 by University of Toronto Press in Toronto, Buffalo.

North American Cities of the Late Nineteenth century, grappling with the effects of industrial capitalism and urban growth, were subject to a succession of uprooting social transformations. In Becoming Modern in Toronto, Keith Walden shows how the Toronto Industrial Exhibition, from its founding in 1879; to 1903, when it was renamed the Canadian National Exhibition, influenced the ordering of the emerging urban culture. Unlike other studies of its kind, it fully integrates experiences on and off the fairground, by looking at the fair as a microcosm of developing structures in the city and surrounding rural areas.The book is arranged around seven thematic elements -- order, confidence, display, identity, space, entertainment, and carnival -- each of which concerns the way the Exhibition contributed to a search for definition in the face of innovation. The efforts to divide existence into logical, unambiguous categories and to promote controlled conduct was, however, constantly frustrated by the novelty of the fair itself. The Exhibition presented fairgoers with new perspectives and information, while the exhibits simultaneously denied and invited their participation. Though the fair seemed to glorify professional accomplishments and legitimate elite leadership, it also implied that the fruits of industrial capitalist society were not exclusive. Walden concentrates on these ambiguities, revealing how the status quo was both confirmed and challenged at the fair.Becoming Modern in Toronto takes into account a variety of social tensions and concerns pervasive throughout late Victorian culture. It will interest historians, sociologists, and cultural anthropologists, as well as thosestudying the symbolic and social meaning of public festivity and its regulation.