To the Ends of the Earth: Northern Soul and Southern Nights in Western Australia

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University Press of America, Apr 4, 2013 - Music - 168 pages
Northern Soul is a cultural phenomenon twice removed from its original source in Britain in the late 1960s. Rooted in gospel and rhythm and blues music, with pounding “four-to-the floor” beats, it is often accompanied by swirling strings, vibraphone flourishes, and infectious clapping. Since the 1960s Northern Soul has spread globally, via the Internet and migration, to such unlikely places as Medellin in Colombia. By giving voice to the members of this scene, this book explores theories about how identity and cultural literacy evolve through engagement with popular culture. It seeks to contribute to understandings about patterns of economic and media consumption, informal learning, intercultural communication, and about how migrants perceive themselves and form connections with others.


1 There was a time Soul music in popular culture
2 That driving beat Northern Soul NS
3 The In Crowd Northern Soul people in Perth
4 Breakaway British migrants in Western Australia
5 At the discotheque The clubs in Perth
6 Out on the floor The cultural practices of the scene
7 Thinking about you Some theoretical implications of research into NS in WA
8 Long after tonight is all over The future of NS in Perth
Northern Soul NS Glossary
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Paul Mercieca is a lecturer in the School of Education at Curtin University in Western Australia, where he coordinates postgraduate programs in applied linguistics. He has worked in the UK, Egypt, Oman, Australia, and Vietnam, and completed doctoral research into migrant subcultures in 2010. Currently, he is the executive editor of the English Australia Journal.

Anne Chapman is Winthrop Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education at The University of Western Australia. She is the director of transnational programs and coordinates and teaches units in the school’s postgraduate programs.

Marnie O’Neill is a professor of education in the Graduate School of Education at The University of Western Australia, where she served as dean and head of school for five years. She was also the inaugural director of teaching for pre-service teacher education and joint coordinator of the Doctor of Education program.

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