Culture, participation and identity in contemporary Manchester
in Culture in Manchester
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Andrew Miles offers an empirical study of the cultural practices of Manchester’s contemporary population. His essay is a contribution to continuing debates about the relationship between culture, class and identity in Britain. His particular interest is in the ‘non-users’ of the city’s more high-profile cultural institutions. He suggests the limited nature of debates among politicians and policy-makers about the nature of cultural participation, and, based on 102 in-depth qualitative interviews, shows that there are many kinds of cultural participation not usually captured by the survey evidence (or by dominant models). His findings serve as important counter to the official model of participation, whose assumptions, processes and technologies obscure – and neglect – the realm of everyday participation and its significance.

Culture in Manchester

Institutions and urban change since 1850

Editors: Janet Wolff and Mike Savage

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