[Blackstudies-l] New Book: “The West Indian Generation”

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ivetteromero posted: " The West Indian Generation: Remaking British Culture
in London, 1945–1965 by Amanda Bidnall was published by Liverpool
University Press in April 2017. [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing
this item to our attention.] Description:  Between Britain"
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*The West Indian Generation: Remaking British Culture in London, 1945–1965
by Amanda Bidnall was published by Liverpool University Press
<https://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/collections/series-migrations-and-identities/products/78240>
in April 2017. [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our
attention.]*

*Description:  *Between Britain’s imperial victory in the Second World War
and its introduction of race-based immigration restriction ‘at home,’
London’s relationship with its burgeoning West Indian settler community was
a cauldron of apprehension, optimism, ignorance, and curiosity. *The West
Indian Generation: Remaking British Culture in London, 1945–1965 *revisits
this not-quite-postcolonial moment through the careers of a unique
generation of West Indian artists that included actors Earl Cameron, Edric
Connor, Pearl Connor, Cy Grant, Ronald Moody, Barry and Lloyd Reckord, and
calypso greats Lord Beginner and Lord Kitchener. Colonial subjects turned
British citizens, they tested the parameters of cultural belonging through
their work.

Drawing upon familiar and neglected artifacts from London’s cultural
archives, Amanda Bidnall sketches the feathery roots of this community as
it was both nurtured and inhibited by metropolitan institutions and
producers hoping variously to promote imperial solidarity, educate
mainstream audiences, and sensationalize racial conflict. Upon a shared
foundation of language, education, and middle-class values, a fascinating
collaboration took place between popular West Indian artists and cultural
authorities like the Royal Court Theatre, the Rank Organisation, and the
BBC. By analyzing the potential—and limits—of this collaboration, Bidnall
demonstrates the mainstream influence and perceptive politics of pioneering
West Indian artists. Their ambivalent and complicated reception by the
British government, media, and populace draws a tangled picture of postwar
national belonging. *The West Indian Generation* is necessary reading for
anyone interested in the cultural ramifications of the end of empire, New
Commonwealth migration, and the production of Black Britain.

Or more information, see https://liverpooluniversitypress.co.
uk/collections/series-migrations-and-identities/products/78240
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