Laurie Taylor will discuss with Vic Seidler, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and political writer Bea Campbell about whether the untimely death of the Princess in August 1997 led to significant ramifications within our society’s culture by exploring themes such as community, race and gender. Did the dramatic events of 1997 lead to communities being brought together through grief and mutual understanding? Did the Princess’ death really spark a Diana ‘phenomenon’ within society that has been debated by so many over the years?
The Princess of Wales undoubtedly influenced British society when she was in the public eye; she became a pioneer for a huge variety of charitable causes and was a role model for many women of all ages. However it is in this broadcast that the discussion will revolve around how Princess Diana has influenced our social and cultural opinions since her death. Henrietta Moore will also contribute to this discussion by analysing the importance of Ethnographic research and how historical events have influenced such cultural research. With the upcoming film about Princess Diana’s last years of her life starring Naomi Watts scheduled for release in September 2013, this broadcast will certainly be a lively and responsive discussion.
This broadcast will be repeated again on BBC Radio Four on Monday 24th June at 00:15, and will be available online to listen after the first show is aired.