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

Daniel J. Walkowitz


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 United States in the 20th century. The book argues that the history of country and folk dancing in America is deeply intermeshed with that of political liberalism and the “old left.” The book 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 dancin ... More

Keywords: English Country Dance, country dancing, folk dancing, International Folk Dance, Contra, folk dance, modern America

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814794692
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814794692.001.0001


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Daniel J. Walkowitz, author

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