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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. -- .

Product code: 9781526142627

ISBN 9781526142627
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
Series Studies in Popular Culture
No. Of Pages 304
Publisher Manchester University Press
This book illuminates the history of popular dance, one of the most influential and widespread leisure practices in early twentieth-century Britain. It focuses on the relationship between dancing and national identity construction, in a period when Britain participated in increasingly global markets of cultural production, consumption and exchange. -- .