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Title: Urban regeneration and cultural geography : the International Convention Centre Birmingham
Author: Hall, Timothy Ross
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1994
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This thesis examines issues of cultural geography arising from a major flagship project of urban regeneration, the International Convention Centre Birmingham. The thesis is specifically concerned with the reorientation of various cultural systems of space around Birmingham as part of the media discourses associated with the Centre. This is examined through the three media most associated with urban regeneration, the local press, promotional materials and public art, and the agents and institutions associated with these media. The project is particularly concerned with the ways in which these media challenge the prevailing structures of expectation that have evolved as part of a cultural system of space deeply embedded within national culture. The evolution and reproduction of the geographical dimensions of British culture, the North - South divide and the urban - rural divide are examined. The extent to which Birmingham has been ascribed an identity based on notions of peripherality derived from this cultural system of space is assessed, as well as the degree to which it has sought to redefine itself as centre by challenging the prescriptions of these dimensions. The thesis concludes that challenging these prescriptions has been a vital part of the parallel promotion of the International Convention Centre and the re-imagination of the City of Birmingham. The thesis concludes further that reference to a number of other cultural dimensions, particularly wider European and international cultural systems of space have also been important.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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