Dancing in the English Style: Consumption, Americanisation and National Identity in Britain, 1918-50 - Studies in Popular Culture (Paperback)
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Dancing in the English Style: Consumption, Americanisation and National Identity in Britain, 1918-50 - Studies in Popular Culture (Paperback)

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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.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526142627
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'[...] this nuanced and well-researched study demonstrates the merits of using popular dance as a gateway into British social and cultural history.'
Laura Quinton, New York University, Twentieth Century British History, 2018

'Drawing upon a fascinating range of source material (including autobiographies, Mass Observation, and the trade press), she tackles a series of complex issues, and advances a number of intriguing, important, and convincing arguments.'
Canadian Journal of History

'Dancing in the English Style breaks new ground in many areas [...and] is a detailed, well-written, and comprehensive account of its subject.'
Journal of British Studies

'The book's value lies in its emphasis on the commercialization of dance during the period and its connection to national identity - something hitherto not explored in any real depth. These discussions of national identity and its link to commercialism will interest scholars from a wide variety of fields, and hopefully serve to spark different perspectives on this under-researched area. The book therefore serves as vital reading for scholars of dance and twentieth-century Britain more broadly, but also those interested the variety of ways national identity can be constructed and performed.'
Journal of Contemporary History
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