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City FolkEnglish Country Dance and the Politics of the Folk in Modern America$
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Daniel J. Walkowitz

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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City Folk

Daniel J. Walkowitz

NYU Press

This introductory chapter casts new perspectives on folk dance and its relationships to liberalism and modernity, in particular pointing to two conjunctions of the urban and popular: the folk as an imagined subject from the rural past that contemporary and largely urban-suburban dancers revive; and the folk as the urban culture of the revival dancers themselves. Moreover, people in the modern era who choose to do English Country Dance have been a social and political breed apart. Folk dancers located themselves outside the mainstream of popular culture, but they did so in explicit relationship to aspects of that culture they found problematic.

Keywords:   folk dance, liberalism, modernity, urban culture, popular culture

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