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Mort’s attention to detail and storytelling skills makes this a compelling and brilliant cultural and sexual history. Frank Mort is Professor of Cultural Histories, University of Manchester

Mort’s attention to detail and storytelling skills makes this a compelling and brilliant cultural and sexual history. -Julie Anne Taddeo, Journal of British Studies. Julie Anne Taddeo Journal of British Studies). Frank Mort is Professor of Cultural Histories, University of Manchester. His books include Cultures of Consumption: Masculinities and Social Space in Late Twentieth-Century Britain.

Mort’s arresting history of sex and politics in London illustrates a key moment in the making of modern British society.

In this book, Frank Mort, who holds a Chair in Cultural Histories at the University of Manchester, continues the work . The usual term to characterise such change is the emergence of the ‘permissive society’. But this is a misprision that conceals as much as it reveals, Mort contends.

In this book, Frank Mort, who holds a Chair in Cultural Histories at the University of Manchester, continues the work begun in Cultures of Consumption: Commerce, Masculinities and Social Space in Late Twentieth-Century Britain and in Dangerous Sexualities: Medico-Moral Politics in England since 1830. 1) This volume presents a cultural history of London in the decade that begins in the early. 1950s with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (1953) and ends in the early 1960s with the Profumo Affair (1963).

Mort, himself a Coronation baby, takes the reader from Buckingham Palace and the world of the debutantes through the . The book raises intriguing questions about the long shadow cast by history on contemporary society.

Mort, himself a Coronation baby, takes the reader from Buckingham Palace and the world of the debutantes through the streets of Soho to the striptease girls of the Windmill Theatre and back. Historians tend to treat the Second World War as a watershed and then work forward from the triumph of the welfare state and the decline of the aristocracy to the breakthrough of consumer culture. Mort shows how useful it can be to look backward.

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Frank Mort uncovers the ways in which they transformed national culture. Mort’s arresting history of sex and politics in London illustrates a key moment in the making of modern British society. Soho and Notting Hill became beacons for anxieties over the changing character of sex in the city and the cultural impact of decolonization. The old European migrants and the new Caribbean presence were significant factors in the readjustment of urban sexual mores.

Focusing particularly on the decade opening with the Queen's coronation in 1953 and concluding with the Profumo scandal in 1963, which it argues gave birth to the permissive society, it reveals how ‘high and low society collided in a world of social and sexual extremes' in a series o. .

Focusing particularly on the decade opening with the Queen's coronation in 1953 and concluding with the Profumo scandal in 1963, which it argues gave birth to the permissive society, it reveals how ‘high and low society collided in a world of social and sexual extremes' in a series of encounters ‘that re-shaped public and private behaviour'.

This is where the permissive society was made. In this often-seedy world, politics and private life, High Society and low sexuality, were inextricably entwined.

In Soho we encounter prostitutes and wealthy men-about-town and provincial visitors (gay and straight) enjoying all the pleasures on offer. Following a plainclothes policeman we take a seat at the infamous Raymond’s Revue Bar and watch the exotic erotic spectacle of striptease. This is where the permissive society was made. Whitehall and the West End were within easy walking distance. MPs were arrested in Leicester Square urinals.

A series of spectacular scandals profoundly disturbed London life during the 1950s in ways that had major national consequences. High and low society collided in a city of social and sexual extremes. Patrician men-about-town, young independent women, go-ahead entrepreneurs, Westminster politicians, queer men, and West Indian newcomers played a conspicuous part in dramatic encounters that signaled a new phase of post-Victorian sexual morality.

These dramas of pleasure and danger occurred not only in the glamorous and shady entertainment spaces of the West End but also in Whitehall, as well as the twilight zones of the inner city. Frank Mort uncovers the ways in which they transformed national culture. Soho and Notting Hill became beacons for anxieties over the changing character of sex in the city and the cultural impact of decolonization. The “old” European migrants and the “new” Caribbean presence were significant factors in the readjustment of urban sexual mores. Mort’s arresting history of sex and politics in London illustrates a key moment in the making of modern British society.


Capital Affairs: London and the Making of the Permissive Society download epub
Europe
Author: Frank Mort
ISBN: 0300118791
Category: History
Subcategory: Europe
Language: English
Publisher: Yale University Press; First Printing edition (September 14, 2010)
Pages: 528 pages