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Clare Wilkinson and Emma Weitkamp

about democracy it is almost impossible to ignore the role of demos or people within it; ‘democracy means a form of government in which, in contradistinction to monarchies and aristocracies, the people rule. Democracy entails a political community in which there is some form of political equality among the people’ (Held, 2006 , emphasis in original). However, from the outset of democratic structures in ancient Greece to the modern day, democratic regimes represent tremendous variety in their definition, in particular with regard to the participation of their

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Clare Wilkinson and Emma Weitkamp

knowledge but the ‘dissemination of the ideals of democracy’ (Henning, 2006 : 13). As Bennett ( 1995 ) highlights, cultural sites including public lectures, art galleries and libraries provided rational drivers for civilising, cultural and social improvements amongst populations in a similar way to those targeted at health. The increased emphasis on ‘rational recreations’ through the latter part of the nineteenth century, suggesting that the influence of high culture could improve the moral being of those within all levels of society, reflected the enlightenment view

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