Capital affairs : London and the making of the permissive society / Frank Mort.
- Mort, Frank.
- , ©2010
About this work
During the 1950s a series of spectacular scandals profoundly disturbed London life in ways that had major national consequences. High and low society collided in a city of social and sexual extremes. Patrician men-about-town, young independent women, go-ahead entrepreneurs, Westminster politicians, queer men and West-Indian newcomers played aconspicuous part in dramatic encounters that signalled a new phase of post-Victorian sexual morality. These dramas of pleasure and danger occurred not only in the glamorous and shady entertainment spaces of the West End but also in Whitehall, as well as the twilight zones of the inner city. Frank Mort uncovers the ways in which they transformed national culture. Soho and Notting Hill became beacons for anxieties over the changing character of sex in the city and the cultural impact of decolonisation. The "old" European migrants and the "new" Caribbean presence were significant factors in the readjustment of urban sexual mores.
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LocationHistory of Medicine TPJ.43.AA9