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Special Relations: The Americanization of Britain? by Howard Malchow

By Howard Malchow

Special Relations reevaluates Anglo-American cultural trade via exploring metropolitan London's tradition and counterculture from the Fifties to the Seventies. It demanding situations a bent in cultural experiences to privilege neighborhood reception and makes an attempt to revive the concept that of Americanization during this serious period of mass tourism, expert alternate, and media globalization—while acknowledging a big measure of cultural hybridity and circularity. The research starts off with the effect of yank modernism within the equipped setting and in "Swinging London" ordinarily, after which strikes to its important undertaking, the re-exploration of British counterculture—the anti-war move, scholar uprising, hippies, well known song, the choice press, and the overdue Sixties triad of black, feminist, and homosexual liberationisms—as in detail tied to American event and to American brokers of cultural swap. Special Relations retrieves those phenomena as extra critical and enduring in British metropolitan lifestyles than the present orthodoxy permits, and topics to sharp severe scrutiny conventional assertions of cultural "authenticity" of their British variations. eventually, the publication appears at facets of the flip opposed to modernism and the counterculture within the 1970s.

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