[Review] Adrian Horn (2009) Juke box Britain - Americanisation and youth culture, 1945-60

Robinson, Lucy (2009) [Review] Adrian Horn (2009) Juke box Britain - Americanisation and youth culture, 1945-60. Contemporary British History, 23 (4). pp. 605-606. ISSN 1361-9462

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Abstract

Horn’s ‘revisionist history of youth culture . . . provides a case study in cultural and design mediation’ (p. 1) in post-war Britain. It challenges the catch-all use of ‘Americanisation’ to describe British post-war mass culture. This is a particularly useful intervention currently, as the term is often used to describe anything that commentators and ageing academics do not like or understand in young people. Horn reminds us of Hebdige’s lesson, that both ‘dumbing down’ and ‘Americanisation’ are anxieties about mass society, rather than some form of American aesthetic export. More than that though, Horn shows us how these importations were often welcomed as just one influence among many.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2012 10:55
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2017 15:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40842
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