Robinson Crusoe's call to adventure and do-it-yourself settlement resonated with British explorers. In tracing the links in a discursive chain through which a particular male subjectivity was forged, Karen Downing reveals how such men took their tensions with them to Australia, so that the colonies never were a solution to restless men's anxieties.
Introduction: Restless men 1. Confined by the Gout - Perceptions of Men's Physical Health 2. The Ecstasies and Transports of the Soul - Emotional Journeys of Self-discovery 3. My Head Filled Early With Rambling Thoughts - Raising Boys and Making Men 4. Satisfied with Nothing but Going to Sea - Seafaring Lives and Island Hopes 5. To Think That This Was All My Own - Land, Independence and Emigration 6. The Middle Station of Life - the Anxieties of Social Mobility 7. A Surprising Change of Circumstances - Men's Ambivalent Relationship with Authority 8. The Centre of All My Enterprises - the Paradox of Families Conclusion: 'Robinson Crusoe untravelled...'