Performing Englishness

Identity and politics in a contemporary folk resurgence

By Trish Winter and Simon Keegan-Phipps

Performing Englishness


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9730-0
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: April 2015
  • BIC Category: Cultural Studies, Sociology, Cultural studies, MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Folk & Traditional, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, The arts / Folk & traditional music, Society & social sciences / Cultural studies
  • Series: New Ethnographies


Now available in paperback, Performing Englishness examines the growth in popularity and profile of the English folk arts in the first decade of the twenty-first century. In the only study of its kind, the authors explore how the folk resurgence speaks to a broader explosion of interest in the subject of English national and cultural identity. Combining approaches from British cultural studies and ethnomusicology, the book draws on ethnographic fieldwork, interviews with central figures of the resurgence and close analysis of music and dance as well as visual and discursive sources. Its presentation of the English case study calls for a rethinking of concepts such as revival and indigeneity.

It will be of interest to students and scholars in cultural studies, ethnomusicology and related disciplines.


1. Introduction
Part I: Contemporary English folk
2. The folk industry
3. The mainstreaming of English folk
4. An English style?
Part II: Nation and identity
Introduction: The English context
5. A place called England
6. Englishnesses
7. Conclusion


Trish Winter is a Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of Sunderland

Simon Keegan-Phipps is a Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the University of Sheffield

Performing Englishness

By Trish Winter, Simon Keegan-Phipps

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