Adrian Kear interviewed by John Humphrys on the Today Progamme

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On the twentieth anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, BBC Radio 4’s John Humphries interviewed Adrian Kear on The Today Programme about the public response to her death. Adrian discusses the public performance of mourning and its role in the imaginary construction of nationhood and national identity; how otherwise unacknowledged losses are articulated through the mourning of celebrity public figures; and how the expression of grief enables the articulation of political grievance. The interview builds upon Adrian’s co-edited book, Mourning Diana: Nation, Culture and the Performance of Grief (Routledge, 1999) and considers how vernacular forms of mourning remain evident in the response to events such as the Grenfell Tower fire; and how these events reveal the changing cultural configuration of British society.

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