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Authenticity and Belonging in the Northern Soul Scene

The Role of History and Identity in a Multigenerational Music Culture

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  • Argues that what scene participants do and say within the northern soul scene constitutes a claim to belong
  • Builds on a three-year immersive ethnographic study
  • Reveals the rich experiences of the younger generation of the northern soul

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This book, which builds on a three-year immersive ethnographic study, argues that what scene participants do and say within the northern soul scene constitutes a claim to belong. For younger members, making claims to belong is problematic in a scene where dominant notions of authenticity held by insiders are rooted in a particular past: the places, people, events, and soundscapes of particular venues during the 1970s. In order to engage with this past, young men and women participate in a range of discursive practices. This book argues that these practices, and the ways they intersect and deviate from dominant notions of authenticity, represent shared and individual negotiations of the 'true soulie'. In doing so, it reveals the rich experiences of the younger generation of this multigenerational music scene, and the ways they establish a claim to belong to a scene first formed before they were born.

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“Raine’s creative and engaging prose conveys the originality and attentiveness of her participant observation, often researching through dance. She brings to life the meaning and value of authenticity as participants claim a place in northern soul through rituals and public performances, between the dancefloor and its periphery, embodied in the passions and power dynamics of this music-focused community. This is a significant and original contribution to the study of subcultures and popular music, methodologically rich and empathetic” ( Paul Long, Professor of Creative and Cultural Industries, Monash University, USA)
“This book is a vibrant and vigorous exploration of that very specific dance between the past and the present, and its complicated choreography from bars to record stalls, from dance floors to more virtual spaces. In these pages Sarah Raine surveys the boundaries of the contemporary northern soul scene as both insider and observer, all the while painting a picture of a new generation of northern soulies who are staking claims to their own space on the floor.” (Sarah Hill, Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, Cardiff University, UK)



Authors and Affiliations

  • Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK

    Sarah Raine

About the author

Sarah Raine is a researcher at Edinburgh Napier, UK. She is also the co-Managing Editor for Riffs, a Book Series Editor for Equinox Publishing (Music Industry Studies and Icons of Pop Music) and the Review Editor for Popular Music History. 


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Authenticity and Belonging in the Northern Soul Scene

  • Book Subtitle: The Role of History and Identity in a Multigenerational Music Culture

  • Authors: Sarah Raine

  • Series Title: Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-41364-4

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-41363-7Published: 30 June 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-41366-8Published: 30 June 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-41364-4Published: 29 June 2020

  • Series ISSN: 2730-9517

  • Series E-ISSN: 2730-9525

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 207

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: History of Britain and Ireland, Cultural History, Social History, Music, Ethnography

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