Petites gens, petites dettes : monétarisation de la vie sociale et rapports de domination dans le district judiciaire d’Arthabaska (Québec), 1880-1930

  • Thierry Nootens UQTR
  • Nathalie Ricard UQTR


How did the monetarization of social life unfold in rural Québec in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries? Analysis of several hundred cases heard by a lower civil court, the Circuit Court, indicates that the local money and debt markets were both very active at that time and clearly profitable to certain local elites—lawyers above all—who benefited from the indebtedness and poverty of their fellow citizens.

Author Biographies

Thierry Nootens, UQTR

hierry Nootens est professeur titulaire au Département des sciences humaines de l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR).

Nathalie Ricard, UQTR

Nathalie Ricard est candidate au doctorat en études québécoises à l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.