Drunk with the Glitter: Space, Consumption and Sexual Instability in Modern Urban Culture

1st Edition

Gillian Swanson

Published November 8, 2007
Reference - 212 Pages
ISBN 9780415061315 - CAT# RU9523

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Drunk with the Glitter examines the ways in which urban modernity reshapes 'cultural experience'. In particular, it explores the ways that categories of sexual identity and behaviour were reformulated in relation to the restructuring of urban space and the introduction of new cultures of consumption in a period of modernization.

How did the 'altered conditions' of postwar Britain help to inaugurate new patterns of sociability, cultural attachment and intimate encounter?

Each chapter focuses on an area of public controversy which directed attention to those forms of sexual instability identified as threatening to national cohesion, including:

  • sexual excitations in World War Two Britain
  • the identification of  the 'problem girl'
  • 'distractibility' and 'synthetic culture' in postwar Britain
  • prostitution in new cosmopolitan cultures in the 1950s
  • Lawrence of Arabia and debates over male homosexuality in the 1950s
  • the scandalous figure of Stephen Ward in the Profumo Affair.


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