Pleasures of the Flesh: Sex and Drugs in Colonial New Zealand, 1840-1915

Front Cover
Reed, 1984 - Drug abuse - 303 pages
0 Reviews
Reviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identified
Early New Zealand colonists felt relatively unrestrained, both legally and socially, by many of the moral standards of the mother country. Maoris knew little of them and cared even less.Not that New Zealand was a sensual paradise. Society encouraged its men in the pursuit of pleasure but adultery, prostitution, incest, alcoholism and sexual ignorance brought misery to many people and often made victims of colonial women. The rise of the puritan movement is frequently thought to have largely eliminated the licentiousness of the earlier period, but this book argues that this was not so. The puritans were vigorous propagandists but they enjoyed only limited success against the vested interests of the liquour trade, the social customs of the majority of New Zealanders and, most significantly, the emerging modern lifestyles of the twentieth century. This offeres an analysis of the combination of Christian and non-religious strands in our social life.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


PART THREE Sexuality 18801915

7 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1984)

New Zealand writer Stevan Eldred-Grigg was born in 1952. He has written a number of controversial novels, including Blue Blood, which depicts a national hero as a lesbian. His novel, Oracles and Miracles, received second prize in the Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Awards (1988). In addition to novels, Eldred-Grigg has written short stories and nonfiction.

Bibliographic information