Popular Culture and Modernity: Dancing in New Zealand Society 1920–1945

  title={Popular Culture and Modernity: Dancing in New Zealand Society 1920–1945},
  author={John Griffiths},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={611 - 632}
  • J. Griffiths
  • Published 1 March 2008
  • History
  • Journal of Social History
The popularity of dancing in New Zealand during the 1920s and 1930s was accompanied by a concern on the part of some contemporary observers that the behavior of dance-hall patrons left much to be desired. The concerns focused particularly on issues such as drinking and illicit sex, but these concerns were also linked to the wider influence of American culture on New Zealand Society, most notably Jazz, and Hollywood. Given such concerns the aim of this article is to reflect on what such… 
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