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City Folk English Country Dance and the Politics of the Folk in Modern America

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ISBN-10: 1479890359

ISBN-13: 9781479890354

Edition: 2013

Authors: Daniel J. Walkowitz

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In City Folk, Daniel J. Walkowitz argues that the history of country and folk dancing in America is deeply intermeshed with that of political liberalism and the "old left." He situates folk dancing within surprisingly diverse contexts, from progressive era reform, and playground and school movements, to the changes in consumer culture, and the project of a modernizing, cosmopolitan middle class society. Tracing the spread of folk dancing, with particular emphases on English Country Dance, International Folk Dance, and Contra, Walkowitz connects the history of folk dance to social and international political influences in America. Through archival research, oral histories, and ethnography of dance communities, City Folk allows dancers and dancing bodies to speak. From the norms of the first half of the century, marked strongly by Anglo-Saxon traditions, to the Cold War nationalism of the post-war era, and finally on to the counterculture movements of the 1970s, City Folk injects the riveting history of folk dance in the middle of the story of modern America. Daniel J. Walkowitz is Professor of History and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. He is the author and editor of several books, most recently, Working with Class: Social Workers and the Politics of Middle-Class Identity and Contested Histories in Public Space: Memory, Race, and Nation
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 7/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Abbreviations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Anglo-American Urban Folk Revivals
Revival Stories
Orderly Bodies: Dancing New York, 1900-1914
Orderly Bodies: Dancing London, 1900-1914
Planting a Colony in America
The American Branch
Liberalism and Folk Reimaginings
The Second Folk Revival
Re-Generation
Modern English Country Dance and the Culture of Liberalism
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author