Folk Opposition

Folk Opposition

From Ridley Scott to Raoul Moat: why the left must recapture the imagination of the British folk populace.

Folk Opposition

From Ridley Scott to Raoul Moat: why the left must recapture the imagination of the British folk populace.

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Oct 28, 2011
978-1-78099-032-3

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Folklore & mythology, Popular culture

Synopsis

For David Cameron and Big Society Tories, folk culture means organic food, nu-folk pop music, and pastoral myths of Englishness. Meanwhile, postmodern liberal culture teaches us that talking about a singular folk is reductive at best, neo-fascist at worst. But what is being held in check by this consensus against the possibility of a unified, oppositional, populist identity taking root in modern Britain?

Folk Opposition explores a renewed contemporary divide between rulers and ruled, between a powerful elite and a disempowered populace. Using a series of examples, from folk music to football supporters’ trusts, from Raoul Moat to Ridley Scott, it argues that anti-establishment populism remains a powerful force in British culture, and asserts that the left must recapture this cultural territory from the far right as it begins to rebuild democratic representation from the bottom up.

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