All press releases (culture and identity)

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Where do I belong? – photo competition

The ESRC is pleased to announce the launch of its 2013/14 photographic competition – Where do I belong? The competition is open to all young people, who are invited to take a picture of where they feel they belong - whether it’s a place, what they do, who they are with, or where they want to be in the future.

Crowded Europe

More ethnically diverse populations for UK local areas

In 40 years’ time the UK will be a more diverse but more integrated society, according to research at the University of Leeds, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Ethnic minorities will make up a fifth of the population but they will be less concentrated in the big cities, the report says


Experiences of migrant children: at home abroad

Schools, local councils and professionals need better guidance and training to work with migrant families from Eastern Europe and their children, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Kissing Couple

UK is a nation of supportive partners

Partners provide a vital source of positive emotional support for the vast majority of people in the UK. Nine out of ten people who were married or cohabiting talk to their partner about their worries, according to data from Understanding Society, the world’s largest longitudinal household study of 40,000 UK households.

Milk Jug

What we mean when we ask for the milk

New research into the different ways that English and Polish people use language in everyday family situations can help members of each community to understand each other better and avoid cultural misunderstandings.

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Glasgow in the 'good old days'

With corned beef making a comeback, period dramas filling primetime TV and the styles of the 60s and 80s frequently gracing the fashion catwalks, nostalgia is playing an important role in everyday life.

Grafiti Artist

Young people lead the way in communities working together

As police and politicians seek fast-track solutions to the recent violence on the streets of England’s cities, student volunteers and teachers from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have started a new project, ‘Global Youth Leaders’, which is part of a long-term programme using young people as mentors in deprived communities in Britain and abroad.


UK brains are under threat

The British appetite for zombies is becoming a growing trend. From computer games and films to organised zombie walks though Britain’s cities, the proliferation of zombies seems to be everywhere.

Black and White youth

Leeds puts Britain on trial

The young people of Leeds will have a unique opportunity later this month to come together and discuss institutional racism and other social issues facing Britain today. The event coincides with the start of a retrial of two men charged with the murder of black student Stephen Lawrence 18 years ago.

Family in Malawi

Public radio exposes injustice

Malawi’s public radio station broadcasts are providing an alternative programme of news stories. The programme features contributions by ordinary Malawians, highlighting their everyday experiences of abuse and violation.

The future of football: a public debate

With Sheffield's successful bid to be considered as one of the host cities for the 2018 World Cup, Sheffield University and Sheffield United Football Club are inviting the public to join the giants of the football world and social scientists to discuss the state of the game.

Festival goers just want to break free

Why will a record number of more than 500 music festivals take place in the UK this year? Some of the reasons for the rapid growth in the UK music festival and free party scene were showcased at an exciting, interactive multimedia exhibition organised in Bristol as part of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Festival of Social Science last week.

Myths and realities of life in St Ann's

About 300 residents from St. Ann's in Nottingham are expected to take part in a one day programme of interactive workshops during the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Festival of Social Science.

Generation 2012: what have the Olympics ever done for us?

The youth of London have an urgent message for the world about life in the capital and what the Olympic Games and its legacy will really mean for those living in its shadow. Generation 2012, an event which is part of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Festival of Social Science, is a community digital storytelling project that gives them the opportunity to 'tell it like it is'. At the same time the event will be launching a debate about the role of sport in mediating notions of identity within multicultural societies.

New approaches to capturing the value of culture, media and sport

Finding appropriate ways to understand the value of culture, media and sport to society and explain this with evidence that convinces has proved a challenge for many years. New approaches to this issue are outlined in 'Not Only... But Also: Capturing the Value of Culture Media and Sport'.

Uncovering the links between sport and society

Does sport matter as much as religion in the world today? This is just one of the questions that will bring together key figures from the world of sport and researchers to explore the importance of sport in the contemporary world and how the hobby has become a global phenomenon and a multi-billion pound industry.

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