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The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 3Competition and Disruption, 1900-2017$
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Martin Conboy and Adrian Bingham

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424929

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424929.001.0001

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The Press and the Labour Movement

The Press and the Labour Movement

(p.502) Chapter Twenty-Five The Press and the Labour Movement
The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 3

Thomas Dowling

Adrian Bingham

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the dynamic relationship between the labour movement and the press. It argues that recognition of the need to negotiate or counter the growing pre-eminence of the press and other forms of mass-communications media compelled some of the twentieth-century labour movement’s most original intellectual and strategic advances. Equally, at other moments, a tendency on the part of beleaguered labour leaders to overestimate the hegemonic reach of the ‘right-wing’ or ‘capitalist’ press served to mask shortcomings and lacunae in the movement’s own ideological and strategic perspectives. Rather than approaching the relationship between labour and the press as one of essential conflict and antagonism, the chapter seeks to understand them as two aspects of the same ongoing historical process.

Keywords:   Labour Party, Trade unions, New Left, Daily newspapers, Daily Herald, New Labour

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