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Author Cohen, Abner.
Title Masquerade politics : explorations in the structure of urban cultural movements / Abner Cohen.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 1993.

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Subject Carnival -- Political aspects -- England -- London.
West Indians -- England -- London.
Festivals -- Political aspects.
Notting Hill (London, England)
Description 1 online resource (x, 166 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 156-161) and index.
Summary Carnival, that celebration of sensuous frivolity, is shown by Abner Cohen to be a masquerade for the dynamic relations between culture and politics. His masterful study provides a microsociological analysis of the processes involved in the transformation of a local, polyethnic London fair to a massive, exclusively West Indian carnival, known as "Europe's biggest street festival," which in 1976 occasioned a bloody confrontation between black youth and the British metropolitan police and which has since become a fiercely contested cultural event. Cohen contrasts the development of the London carnival with the development of other carnivalesque movements, including the Renaissance Pleasure Faire of California. His analysis of these relatively little-explored urban cultural movements develops further the theoretical formulations, advanced in his previous studies of ethnic and religious movements, about the dynamic relations between cultural forms and political formations.
Contents Resurrected London Fair -- Corporate Organisation and the Trinidad Conventions -- Youth Rebellion and the Jamaican Connection -- The Carnival is Contested -- The Carnival is Contained -- Communal Organisation -- The Political Dimension of Art and Music -- The Leadership Process -- The Politics of Joking Relationships -- The Aestheticisation of Politics.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780520912571 (electronic bk.)
0520912578 (electronic bk.)
058515984X (electronic bk.)
9780585159843 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 43477445
Additional Format Print version: Cohen, Abner. Masquerade politics. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1993 0520078381 (DLC) 92026339 (OCoLC)26304703
Table of Contents
1Resurrected London Fair10
2Corporate Organisation and the Trinidad Conventions21
3Youth Rebellion and the Jamaican Connection33
4The Carnival is Contested45
5The Carnival is Contained62
6Communal Organisation79
7The Political Dimension of Art and Music92
8The Leadership Process106
9The Politics of Joking Relationships120
10The Aestheticisation of Politics133