How did colonial authority view and control activities between convicts and Aboriginals in Australia during the late 18th and early 19th centuries? (Part 2, by Jack Watt)

Another matter of great concern amongst free settlers was sexual relations between convict men and Aboriginal women. It was unavoidable that such a situation would arise – ‘The gross sexual imbalance among convicts meant that Aboriginal women were desired by … Continue reading

How did colonial authority view and control activities between convicts and Aboriginals in Australia during the late 18th and early 19th centuries? (Part 1, by Jack Watt)

The relationship between indigenous groups and convicts in Australia is somewhat understudied, despite convict experience, and Aboriginal experience, being heavily saturated fields in their own right. Revisionist works on convict transportation and labour studies have focused on issues such as … Continue reading

Connell’s theory of “hegemonic masculinity” and its contribution to the “history of masculinities” (by Stephen Basdeo)

The historian E. A. Rotundo, in his study American Manhood: Transformations in Masculinity from the Revolution to the Modern Era (1993), remarked that, like all cultural inventions, manhood has a history (Rotundo, 1993, p.1). Indeed, while much of the research … Continue reading