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Author Palmer, Bryan D.

Title Cultures of darkness : night travels in the histories of transgression / Bryan D. Palmer.

Published New York : Monthly Review Press, [2000]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  306.1 PALM    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 609 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents A Walk on the Dark Side: The Metaphorical Night -- Class and Gender in the Dissolution: of the Ancien Regime -- Blood, Bread, and Blasphemy: Peasant Nights -- Witches: Europe and America -- Marginality and the Age of Revolution -- Libertines, Licentiousness, and Liberty: The Underworld of Pornography's Political Beginnings -- Conspiracies of the Night: Anglo-French Radicalism, Jacobinism, and the Age of Revolution -- Monsters of the Night: Historicizing Fantasy -- Exchange Relations, Empire's Underside, and Early Capitalism -- Productions of the Night: Dark and Dangerous Labors -- Dark Continents: Empire and Race -- In the Shadow of Empire: Pirates and Maroons -- Transforming Power of Capital -- Sociabilities of the Night: Fraternalism and the Tavern -- Nights of the Bomb Throwers: The Dangerous Classes Become Dangerous -- Working for the Devil: Dark Dimensions of Exploitation -- Eroticism and Revolutions: The Pleasures and Dangers of Difference -- Nights of Leather and Lace: Transgressive Sexualities -- Festivals of Revolution: Light Out of Dark -- Decade of Darkness: The Fascist Night -- Making Cultures in the Heart of Capitalist Commodification -- Blues, Jazz, and Jookin': Nights of Soul and Swing -- A Walk on the Wild Side: Bohemia and the Beats -- Noir: The Cultural Politics of Darkness -- Race and Capitalist Crisis -- Nights of Accumulation: Banditry, Mafias, and the Contemporary Spirit of Capitalism -- Implosion of the City: Nights of Race Rage and Riot -- Dark Cultures and the Politics of Transgression/Transformation.
Summary Constructing a rich tapestry of example and experience spanning eight centuries, Palmer's fascinating account details lives of exclusion and challenge, as the "night travels" of the transgressors clash repeatedly with the powerful conventions of their times. Nights of liberation and exhilarating desire are at the heart of this study but so, too, are the dangers cloaked in darkness. Palmer reveals those hidden spaces where darkness concealed acts of brutalizing terror or alternately provided refuge, solace, or freedom. Using the night as metaphor and unifying theme Palmer takes an unflinching look at those dissident or oppositional cultures and movements and shows how they were fueled and shaped by the rise and transformation of capitalism. --Publisher.
Subject Subculture -- History.
Marginality, Social -- History.
Deviant behavior -- History.
Night people -- History.
Night -- Social aspects.
ISBN 1583670262