ABSTRACT

The expressive culture [of black society] has been loosely described as the voice of social movement. It provides. an opportunity to gauge the character, scope and orientation of a movement among British blacks and their inner-city associates which is encouraged and enabled by the [specific] patterns of cultural creation [ ... ]. However, the collective action which that culture marks out, and the interpretive and participative community which is produced in the process of consuming it, is not confined to the dance-halls, parties and clubs which constitute an alternative public sphere beyond the colour line.