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From 'problem men' to 'problem women': a study of gender in New Zealand, c.1890 to c.1930

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dc.contributor.author Wightman, Sue
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-31T01:36:42Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-10-26T06:38:58Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-31T01:36:42Z
dc.date.available 2022-10-26T06:38:58Z
dc.date.copyright 1999
dc.date.issued 1999
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/24580
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines changes in meanings of 'problem bodies' in New Zealand between c.1890 and c.1930. It argues that a gendered pattern existed in the manner in which anxiety was expressed about the body; and maintains that during the 1890s and early part of the twentieth century, concern focused on men's bodies. However, during the second and third decades of the twentieth century the emphasis shifted away from men and instead highlighted women's inadequacies. The thesis investigates changes in the meanings of 'problem bodies' by examining public debates about temperance, motherhood and sexuality. It begins by exploring the manner in which men were defined as a problem and examining the groups that undertook the critique of masculinity. The thesis then examines the transition from 'problem men' to 'problem women' and seeks to explain why it happened. It argues that an industrialising economy, increasing urbanisation, a new phase of imperialism, and most significantly, the tremendous impact of the First World War introduced new fears about the body which were more concerned with women's failings than men's. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.title From 'problem men' to 'problem women': a study of gender in New Zealand, c.1890 to c.1930 en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline History en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts en_NZ

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