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Child Welfare and Social Action in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: International Perspectives$
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Jon Lawrence and Pat Starkey

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236764

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312816

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Deserting Daughters: Runaways and the Red-Light District of Montreal before 1945

Deserting Daughters: Runaways and the Red-Light District of Montreal before 1945

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(p.15) 1 Deserting Daughters: Runaways and the Red-Light District of Montreal before 1945
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Child Welfare and Social Action in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: International Perspectives
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Tamara Myers

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853236764.003.0002

This chapter concentrates on ‘delinquent’ teenage girls in inter-war Montreal. A major target of the modern juvenile justice movement – the sex delinquent – could be determined daily in the nation's new juvenile courts. In Montreal Juvenile Delinquents' Court, girls' misbehaviour was largely interpreted in sexual terms. In addition, most girls that were accused of desertion had some sexual experience, but their desertions were often about much more than having sex. Then, the experiences of girls while running away, which involved both adventure and survival, are explored. In general, the data showed that deserting daughters left their homes and ventured onto the streets of Montreal, where they found pleasure and danger, were rarely alone, and where the social geography of Montreal aided them in their journey.

Keywords:   deserting daughters, teenage girls, inter-war Montreal, Juvenile Delinquents' Court, sex delinquent, desertion, running away, misbehaviour

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