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Institutions and Ideology in the Dissemination of Morris Dances in the Northwest of England

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 March 2019


In northwest England, during the early nineteenth century, morris dancing was performed annually by young adult men in the context of a procession which called attention to the health, wealth, number, and strength of a community's menfolk. After the First World War, morris dancing could still be seen as a form of public display in the region, but it had also become the province of children of both sexes. This age and gender revision coincided with an apparent spread of morris dances within the area.

Copyright © 1991 by the International Council for Traditional Music

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