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Men and Manliness on the Frontier

Queensland and British Columbia in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

Men and Manliness on the Frontier by Robert Hogg
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What were the lived experiences of men on the frontiers of the British Empire? Using their journals, diaries and letters Robert Hogg examines the dreams, challenges and failures of men seeking their 'independence' on the margins of empire and demonstrates that life in colonial Queensland and British Columbia challenged preconceived ideas of manliness. Men were forced to sacrifice or modify elements of this ideal; some accepted that their manly aspirations were impossible to fulfil. In fact, this ideal of manliness contained a deep paradox. It was inherently contradictory, encompassing physical and mental prowess, caste hierarchies and egalitarianism, heterosexual dominance and the possibility of homoeroticism, Christian piety and the potential for violence and murder.
Palgrave Macmillan; November 2012
243 pages; ISBN 9781137284259
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Title: Men and Manliness on the Frontier
Author: Robert Hogg
 
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