Liapi, L (2017) The Talke of the Towne: News, Crime and the Public Sphere in Seven. Cultural and Social History. ISSN 1478-0038 (In Press)

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Abstract

This article reconsiders ideas of the public sphere in the seventeenth century, by focusing on how public opinion is shaped by the movement o information between media and between receivers. It contends that the scholarly preoccupation with a public sphere viewed exclusively in terms of politics obscures the fact that contemporaries did not distinguish between politics and subjects such as crime in their newsgathering. Examining the case study of James Turner, a burglar in the 1660s who became a cause celebre in London and beyond, this article shows how crime news were eagerly exchanged, informing discussions and constructing public opinion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public Sphere; News; Crime; Media; London
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine
Depositing User: Hannah Reidy
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 14:35
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2017 14:35
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/3575

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