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Description - Captured By Maori: White Female Captives, Sex & Racism On The Nineteenthcentury New Zealand Frontier by Trevor Bentley

The capture of white women by Maori in the nineteenth century was often accompanied by high hysteria and moral outrage. Trevor Bentley tells these women's stories, including those of Charlotte Badger, Ann Morley, Caroline Perrett and Elizabeth Guard, exploring contemporary myths that all of these women were mistreated and held against their will. The white settler population was at once fascinated and appalled by these stories- what did the women have to do to survive, how did they live and, well, what about sex? The settlers were obsessed with the virtue of these women and in the retelling of their experiences most enjoyable aspects of living with Maori were suppressed. Bentley reveals that two of these women actually chose to remain in the Maori world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780143019237
ISBN-10: 0143019236
Format: Paperback / softback
(232mm x 156mm x 21mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Penguin Books (NZ)
Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ)
Publish Date: 2-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: New Zealand

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Author Biography - Trevor Bentley

Trevor Bentley was educated at the universities of Auckland and Waikato and has a special interest in researching, teaching and writing about the interaction of Maori and Pakeha in pre-Treaty New Zealand. He is the author of two previous books, both published by Penguin- Pakeha Maori (1999) and Captured by Maori (2004). Bentley is an adult education manager for four colleges in the South Waikato, as well as an inveterate surfer and traveller. He lives in Tauranga with his wife Helen.

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