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Andrew Miles is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, where he works on issues of culture, stratification and mobility. From 2012 to 2018 he led a major Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded study of everyday participation and cultural value, and he is currently writing about the ways in which cultural capital and notions of cultural legitimacy are mobilised in everyday life to make up communities, reinforce social class boundaries and territorialise the city. He has also recently returned to research on social mobility, a subject he first studied as an historian in the 1980s and 90s, focusing in particular on the relationship between social and spatial mobilities and on the role of mobility in elite class formation. This interest was rekindled by his membership of the Great British Class Survey project, a collaboration between LSE and University of Manchester researchers, which produced a new account social class in Britain. Andrew is also part of the team working on the III research project Changing urban decline narratives: enhancing community resilience, supported by the LSE Institute for Global Affairs (IGA) and the Rockefeller Foundation.
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