The Durham Miners' Gala and the spirit of community

Mellor, Mary and Stephenson, Carol (2005) The Durham Miners' Gala and the spirit of community. Community Development Journal, 40 (3). pp. 343-351. ISSN 0010 3802

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Abstract

Can industrial communities survive the loss of their industrial heritage? Can communities once thought to be in terminal decline reinvigorate themselves? Evidence from the Durham coalmining communities suggests that the answer to both questions is yes. This paper presents evidence from a study of the annual Durham Miners' Gala - the Big Meeting - that reflects a revival of community vitality around the event. Together with an analysis of the Gala itself, the complex background to the resilience of the mining communities is explored.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 10:26
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:17
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/19855

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