Belonging and becoming in the city and the countryside: young people, (multi)culture and the urban/rural divide


This article reports selected findings from the EC Horizon 2020-funded CHIEF project, which examined young people’s understandings of cultural identity and heritage across nine countries. Drawing on observational work and interviews, the article explores how young people in England attending two social organisations with non-formal educational remits, perceive and attach meaning to cultural belonging and intercultural encounter. The two organisations were based in very different settings and engaged young people with different characteristics: the first being based in a highly diverse urban area, the second in a low diversity rural community. By focusing on synergies between young people’s perceptions and experiences, we contribute insights to a growing literature which is problematising the binary definition of the convivial urban against the exclusionary rural in studies of diversity and intercultural encounter.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Policy
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Youth,culture,diversity,heritage,rural,urban,Cultural Studies,Anthropology,Sociology and Political Science
Publication ISSN: 1466-4356
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2024 07:24
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2023 15:23
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2023-09-21
Published Online Date: 2023-09-21
Accepted Date: 2023-07-21
Authors: Jones, Demelza
Tonkiss, Katie (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0671-3357)



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