Depraved and Disorderly: Female Convicts, Sexuality and Gender in Colonial Australia

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This innovative book tells the powerful stories of convict women, while drawing out broader themes of gender and sexual disorder and race and class dynamics. It looks at the cultural meanings of aspects of life in the colony: on ships, in the factories and in orphanages. Damousi considers such topics as headshaving as punishment in the prisons, as well as analyzing the language of pollution, purity and abandonment. The book shows how understanding about sexual and racial difference became a focus for cultural anxiety in colonial society.

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"Scholarly and well documented, with complete bibliography and index, the study will be useful for upper-division undergraduates and above." Choice

"...this is a compelling study that makes an important contribution to knowledge about Australia's colonial past." Kay Schaffer, American Historical Review

"...Damousi is quite successful with a study that is based on thorough going research in archival and published sources, that is full of engrossing detail, that reads extremely well, and that does indeed move the historiography of convicts into the realm of cultural studies in a convincing manner. ...Depraved and Disorderly makes fascinating reading..." William H. Worger, American Journal of Sociology

"...Damousi's analysis of convict childhood and the ways that orphans could register their dissent from controls through gossiping and sulking is excellent. Damousi is most interested in reading cultural symbols and signs as a way of understanding various representations and relationships in the convict period: masculinity and femininity, the body and sexuality, anrenthood and childhood, cleanliness and order, play and resistance, space and race. These representations and relationships form the unifying ideas of Depraved and Disorderly..." Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol.9

"[Damousi] explores the psychological meanings of masculinity and femininity and, throughout the book, probes the images of pollution that female sexuality raised in many minds--not just pollution of the body but of family and society as well. It is Damousi's ability to make clear the broad nature of her themes that is the underlying strength of this work." Law and History Review

"Depraved and Disorderly, as a penal and colonial history of gender and sexuality. challenges new generations of historians of Australia to explore illuminating terrain in productive, often intriguing terms." Victorian Studies

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