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This is the story of English Country Dance, from its 18th century roots in the English cities and countryside, to its transatlantic leap to the U.S in the 20th century, told by not only a renowned historian but also a folk dancer, who has both immersed himself in the rich history of the folk tradition and rehearsed its steps.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....

Title : City Folk: English Country Dance and the Politics of the Folk in Modern America (NYU Series in Social and Cultural Analysis)
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ISBN : 1479890359
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : NYU Press July 22, 2013
Number of Pages : 352 pages
File Size : 877 KB
Status : Available For Download
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City Folk: English Country Dance and the Politics of the Folk in Modern America (NYU Series in Social and Cultural Analysis) Reviews

  • Erica Nielsen
    2018-11-16 22:50

    Daniel Walkowitz's "City Folk" is incredible! The book clearly describes the shared dance history of the United States and the United Kingdom. Walkowitz demonstrates superb command over written language, as he weaves together a very complex history in an easy-to-follow manner. As the author of