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Title: Suburbs, culture and regeneration : cultural strategies in three English suburban boroughs
Author: Paynter, Felicity
ISNI:       0000 0004 2693 5226
Awarding Body: Queen Mary, University of London
Current Institution: Queen Mary, University of London
Date of Award: 2010
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This research explores why and how suburban local authorities are attempting to invigorate their cultural provision for economic, environmental and social ends by investigating how culture is used in suburban places as part of regeneration. In response to the perceived neglect and degradation of England’s suburbs and the ongoing significance of cultural regeneration strategies, this thesis examines the contemporary conceptualisation of suburban development at the national scale and considers three case study areas - Bury, Croydon and Sandwell - in terms of their cultural development and regeneration at the local authority scale. I argue that the national scale policy-contributing discussion employs many urban regeneration discourses when considering the future development of suburbs, while also reinforcing rather than unsettling many suburban stereotypes. From my analysis of suburban local authority cultural policies, development practices and resulting cultural venues and spaces, I conclude that the mobilisation of culture for suburban regeneration has similar characteristics, aims and assumptions to strategies in urban areas. Each of the case study areas demonstrates different plans and expectations for cultural development, with a range of resulting practices, challenges and outcomes. This thesis concludes that place-specific cultural development and regeneration approaches that avoid replicating urban regeneration rhetoric and practice should be a focus for future suburban development.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Geography