On a Common Culture
What common culture is, what it offers, and how to generate it.
In the United Kingdom, the notion of a common culture has always been suggestive of a national culture which is accessible to all and provides various kinds of benefits to all, including participation in national cultural life. Brian Russell Graham's exploration of the theme aims to clarify how we might define common culture in the twenty-first century, and offers a perspective on specific benefits of such a shared culture. Common culture can generate a sense of inclusive national identity, he argues. Additionally, it can even out differences in our so-called ‘cultural capital’ – it can make people more equal in terms of their cultural lives.
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"An elegant and significant contribution to cultural studies, informed by a much more pluralistic and wider field of theory, which includes Richard Hoggart, George Orwell and Matthew Arnold. The argument here has the authority and importance of Hoggart's The Uses of Literacy: it’s an intelligent and enlightening exploration of the uses of culture." ~ Tim Crook, Emeritus Professor in Media, Communications and Cultural Studies. Goldsmiths, University of London