KulKulturTur - Et feltstudie af arbejderkulturen i den spanske mineby Mieres: COALTURE - A field study of working class culture in the Spanish mining town Mieres

Ane Terp Rasmussen, Niels Ørbæk Christensen, Oliver Spork, Daniel Ellehammer Larsen & Morten Brok Steffensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper is founded in a fieldtrip to the region Asturias in northern Spain, and more specifically the mining town Mieres. It explores the working class culture and identity of the inhabitants of a town solely constructed around a specific type of work, a mono industrial town. Thus we expected a specific type of work identity and culture. The basic aspect of interest is, that the mines which the town is build around, have been shutting down for the past decades, and in 2012 66% of the mines’ fundings were cut, leading to strikes and riots. We find it interesting to study the effects of these closings and how they relate to the working class culture, as well as the mining identity in this region, prone to insurrection. We also investigate the heritage manifested in the town, discussing whether it represents the working class culture. In this Field Study, we practiced an inductive approach, to the research problem, which has resulted in a wide variety of methods for gathering our empirical data. We were inspired by the ethnographic ways which motivated participant observations of the town, and interviews with a wide array of people. The results of the paper suggests that, the working class heritage is not represented, and that the class consciousness of the inhabitants is fading, not being kept alive by neither workers nor heritage, even though parts of the town expresses it through unofficial channels.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk-Teknologisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2014
VejledereKeld Buciek


  • Kultur
  • Industri
  • Minearbejder
  • Kul
  • Mine
  • Kulturarv
  • Kulmine
  • Arbejderkultur
  • Heritage
  • Revolution