Queens Gardens, 1949: The anxious spaces of post-war New Zealand masculinity
Author: Brickell, Chris
Source: New Zealand Geographer, Volume 68, Number 2, 1 August 2012 , pp. 81-91(11)
Abstract:<title type="main">Abstract</title> One evening in 1949, five met men on the steps of the Cenotaph in Queens Gardens in Dunedin, New Zealand. Two were under arrest by the end of the night, charged with indecently assaulting the others. This article explores these five men's sexual encounters, the space in which these took place, and the meanings given to both. These particular relationships take place in relation to wider global patterns of masculine spatiality and the post-war emergence of new sexual categories. The article suggests that men's intimate and sexual lives have been highly contested within the sexualized spaces of the city.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2012-08-01