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An Exceptional Law: Section 98 and the Emergency State, 1919-1936 (Canadian Social History Series)

Dennis G. Molinaro

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ISBN 10: 1442629584 / ISBN 13: 9781442629585
Published by University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 2017
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Title: An Exceptional Law: Section 98 and the ...

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Publication Date: 2017

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1.

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During periods of intense conflict, either at home or abroad, governments enact emergency powers in order to exercise greater control over the society that they govern. The expectation though is that once the conflict is over, these emergency powers will be lifted.


An Exceptional Law showcases how the emergency law used to repress labour activism during the First World War became normalized with the creation of Section 98 of the Criminal Code, following the Winnipeg General Strike. Dennis G. Molinaro argues that the institutionalization of emergency law became intricately tied to constructing a national identity. Following a mass deportation campaign in the 1930s, Section 98 was repealed in 1936 and contributed to the formation of Canada’s first civil rights movement. Portions of it were used during the October Crisis and recently in the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2015. Building on the theoretical framework of Agamben, Molinaro advances our understanding of security as ideology and reveals the intricate and codependent relationship between state-formation, the construction of liberal society, and exclusionary practices.

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Dennis G. Molinaro holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and his research focuses on the historical use of emergency powers and their effect on society. He is currently completing a second book on Canada's role in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance and it's covert Cold War wiretapping programs. He teaches at Trent University.

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