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In this chapter, the narrative moves from solely an autoethnographic focus into a wider ethnographic engagement with one of the central events in the UK northern soul scene calendar, introducing key insights developed through the fluctuating roles of the writer as an insider, an observing ethnographer, and a popular music scholar. We also begin to meet people on the scene, whose experience and words lie at the heart of this book.

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    The importance of critique in relation to dancing within scene practices is also noted by Mary Fogarty (2012) in her study of the multigenerational bboy and bgirl dance crews.

  2. 2.

    An “allnighter” is an event that runs from eight or nine in the evening until six the following morning. It was a term also used by the mod scene to talk about and advertise their events (as noted by Wilson 2019). Similarly, an “alldayer” normally runs from midday or one in the afternoon until eleven at night. A “soul nite” will run from eight or nine until eleven or midnight. Alldayers and soul nites are considered by the young people within this study to be the place of choice for those not really “on the scene” who do not have the stamina or the passion for the music necessary for all-night dancing.

  3. 3.

    Smith, “Parenthood and the Transfer of Capital in the Northern Soul Scene”.

  4. 4.

    Smith, “Parenthood and the Transfer of Capital in the Northern Soul Scene,” 161.

  5. 5.

    Smith, “‘Time Will Pass You By,’” 189 (italics in the original).

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    Smith, “‘Time Will Pass You By,’” 176.

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Raine, S. (2020). “Going To A Happening”. In: Authenticity and Belonging in the Northern Soul Scene. Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-41364-4_2

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