Dancing in the English Style: Consumption, Americanisation and National Identity in Britain, 1918-50

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Dancing in the English Style: Consumption, Americanisation and National Identity in Britain, 1918-50

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Dancing in the English style explores the development, experience, and cultural representation of popular dance in Britain from the end of the First World War to the early 1950s. It describes the rise of modern ballroom dancing as Britain's predominant popular style, as well as the opening of hundreds of affordable dancing schools and purpose-built dance halls. It focuses in particular on the relationship between the dance profession and dance hall industry and the consumers who formed the dancing public. Together these groups negotiated the creation of a 'national' dancing style, which constructed, circulated, and commodified ideas about national identity. At the same time, the book emphasizes the global, exploring the impact of international cultural products on national identity construction, the complexities of Americanisation, and Britain's place in a transnational system of production and consumption that forged the dances of the Jazz Age.

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978-1784994334

Publication Date

5-30-2017

Publisher

Manchester University Press

City

Manchester, UK

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | European History | History

Dancing in the English Style: Consumption, Americanisation and National Identity in Britain, 1918-50

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