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New Age Travellers By Kevin Hetherington

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New Age Travellers are a hybrid phenomenon: part youth subculture, part alternative lifestyle and part social movement. Their cultural politics has had an impact on many young people in Britain. This book describes the emergence and character of the travellers' way of life in the 1980s and 1990s.

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New Age Travellers: Vanloads of Uproarious Humanity by Kevin Hetherington

New Age Travellers are a hybrid phenomenon: part youth subculture, part alternative lifestyle and part social movement. Their cultural politics has had an impact on many young people in Britain over the final two decades of the 20th century. Drawing on first-hand research, this book describes the emergence and character of the travellers' way of life during the 1980s and 1990s. With its origins in the free-festival culture of the 1970s, New Age Travellers became one of the most notorious folk devils in Britain in the 1980s and early 1990s, notably when they tried to hold festivals at sites like Stonehenge. Despite the subsequent efforts of the Criminal Justice Act to criminalize their way of life, New Age Travellers continue to adapt their lifestyle and retain a shadowy presence within the British landscape. This book looks at the history and lifestyle of the Travellers. It discusses the significance of festivals, consumption and nomadism to their way of life. It also considers the identity they have created for themselves in relation to ideas of ethnicity and class, to questions of Englishness and contested representations of the countryside.

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About Kevin Hetherington


Kevin Hetherington is a lecturer in Sociology at Brunel University.

Table of Contents


Blank figures in the countryside; free festivals - consumption, belonging and the carnivalesque; caravan maudite - life on the road; the idea of ethnicity; visions of England; Stonehenge - a museum without walls; panic morals - invaders and germs.

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GOR002065597
New Age Travellers: Vanloads of Uproarious Humanity by Kevin Hetherington
Kevin Hetherington
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
1999-10-01
201
0304339784
9780304339785
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