Remembering Diana; Ethnography Award
Laurie Taylor explores the repercussions of Princess Diana's death. Did it lead to a major shift in British culture? Plus, ethnographies past and present.
Remembering Diana - did Princess Diana's death lead to a major shift in British culture? Professor of Sociology, Vic Seidler, talks to Laurie Taylor about his new book which analyses the repercussions of Diana, Princess of Wales', death in 1997. He argues that the public outpourings of grief and displays of emotion prompted new kinds of identification and belonging in which communities came together regardless of race, class, gender and sexuality and helped to make visible changes in what might be called 'New' or 'post-traditional' Britain. Did her unexpected death see a challenge to 'stiff upper lip' reserve and to the typical split made in modernity between reason and emotion?
The writer, Bea Campbell, who has also written about the Diana 'phenomenon', joins the discussion. Also, the anthropologist, Henrietta Moore discusses the history and significance of Ethnographic research.
Producer: Jayne Egerton.
Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London
Find out more about Vic Seidler
Remembering Diana: Cultural Memory and the Reinvention of Authority
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (16 April 2013)
Writer, Broadcaster, Social Commentator
Find out more about Bea Campbell
Diana, Princess of Wales: How Sexual Politics Shook the Monarchy
Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd