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Title: Vibrancy, vitality and viability : the cultural regeneration of the British city centre : a case study of Swansea
Author: Reynolds, B. J.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2004
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This thesis explores the role of culture in regenerating British city centres. An applied research methodology is utilised focussed on an in-depth case study of Swansea, a smaller city centre that does not have the scope for the monumental initiatives evident in much cultural regeneration literature. Swansea is indicative of a number of British cities; it is a small, peripheral regional centre that has suffered from the decline of a traditional heavy industry base, post-war redevelopment, and the decentralisation of city centre activities. A multi-methods approach is utilised with large-scale questionnaire surveys, key informant interviews, study of policy documentation and participant observation. Policy commitment to cultural development is marred by a degree of ambiguity and a lack of clarity. City centre visitor characteristics illustrate a marked division between daytime and out-of-hours use, and differing temporal layers of activity out-of-hours. Daytime city centre use is retail dominated, with cultural functions of firmly secondary importance. Out-of-hours, a youth oriented, mass culture, pub and nightclub economy dominates, with a far more limited ‘high’ culture dimension, appealing to a wider age and social grouping. Lack of provision for alternative, ‘Bohemian’ cultural activities contributes to lower participation levels of older and higher status groups. Outdoor events provide an alternative draw for the city centre, particularly out-of-hours, but some friction between users of public space has resulted in activities being curtailed. A laissez-faire approach to realising the concept of cultural activities clustering in a quarter is shown to be problematic. Examinations of partnerships, and the role of cultural entrepreneurs demonstrate considerable potential but lack of progress due to the lack of a formal interface between the public and independent sectors. However, culture would appear to be a viable regenerative option for smaller city centres.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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