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On a Common Culture

The Idea of a Shared National Culture

Brian Russell Graham


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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.

Zero Books, 9781789048322, 192pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2022

About the Author

Brian Russell Graham is an academic and author. He teaches "The Circle of Stories: Literature and Genre", one of the suite of courses offered by University of Copenhagen's International Summer Programme. In addition to his academic work, he has also published slow journalism in publications such as Quillette and Areo, amongst others. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.