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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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Extra-Parliamentary Reporting: The Under-Reported Life of the Working Class

Extra-Parliamentary Reporting: The Under-Reported Life of the Working Class

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(p.593) Chapter Thirty Extra-Parliamentary Reporting: The Under-Reported Life of the Working Class
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The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 3
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Andrew Calcutt

Mark Beachill

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424929.003.0031

This chapter will explore the range of periodical publications that have engaged with politics on a regional or national level without an overemphasis on the workings of the Westminster parliament. These might be serving geographically distinct communities or they may be circulating among politically disaffected with radical aims. Some periodicals have taken advocacy journalism to petition for causes and movements outside the normal mechanics of the Westminster cycle such as the publications fighting for women’s rights from Votes for Women in 1907 to Spare Rib from 1972. Specific campaigns and causes have been facilitated through such as the pacifist Peace News in 1936 and the New Internationalist which started to encourage greater awareness of overseas development issues in 1973. Other peridocials have addressed a particular political community, for example the Socialist Labour Press out of the Red Clydeside era, the left-wing Irish Republican, An Phoblacht from 1906 and other constituencies have more recently drawn upon publications such as Living Marxism, Schnews, Class War.

Keywords:   Advocacy journalism, Westminster cycle, Votes for Women, Spare Rib, Political community, Red Clydeside, An Phoblacht, Living Marxism

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