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Leisure and Pleasure

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This exploration of an unexpected aspect of New Zealand social history examines the human body at leisure in the years1900--1960. This book studies bodybuilding, especially the famous strongman Eugen Sandow, growing ideas about fitness, health and exercise; the rise of beauty contests; the culture of the beach and the pool; nudism; and children's play and the appearance of ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Auckland University Press
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Jul 23, 2011 Malcolm rated it really liked it
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This is a fantastic piece of socio-cultural history (and I'm not saying that just because Caroline is a dear friend). By exploring things such as body building and physical culture, swimming, naturism, and play she investigates important questions concerning how New Zealanders thought about and acted on pleasure and leisure, how they had fun and enjoyed themselves, and how while leisure may have been approved of, pleasure was in some ways illicit. Revealing, and sadly under-read because it deals ...more
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