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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18091

Title: The Varsity Man: Manhood, the University of Toronto and the Great War
Authors: Chaktsiris, Mary Georgina
Advisor: Morgan, Cecilia
Department: Theory and Policy Studies in Education
Keywords: The Great War
Masculinity
University of Toronto
Militarism
The First World War
Gender
Education
Recruitment
Issue Date: 11-Dec-2009
Abstract: This research examines the relationship between masculinity and recruitment at the University of Toronto during the Great War. Through a gendered framework established by historians such as Judith Butler, masculinity is approached as a constructed process that encompasses a variety of complex relationships between the individual subject and social processes. The following questions are explored: What motivated the administration the University to instate policies that first encouraged, and then forced, male students to enter active service? How did dominant discourses of masculinity influence recruitment efforts and the subsequent movement towards mandatory military training? The research reveals that gendered understandings of war and recruitment on campus presented active service as the defining moment of manhood. Enlisting, then, was understood as more than a willingness to take up arms; it publicly signified that a man was committed to the defense of democracy and to securing the freedom of generations to come.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18091
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