‘Half a loaf is better than none’: The framing of political and national identity in Welsh border newspapers in the aftermath of the Mold Riots, 1869-1870

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/215970
Title:
‘Half a loaf is better than none’: The framing of political and national identity in Welsh border newspapers in the aftermath of the Mold Riots, 1869-1870
Authors:
Roberts, Simon Gwyn
Abstract:
The Mold Riots of 1869 came at a time of social and cultural upheaval throughout Wales. Several distinct contexts intersect, and this paper will attempt to synthesize and interpret them by analyzing archival coverage of the events in the local press. The period was a dynamic one for local newspapers across the UK, with Benson arguing that the English provincial press at the time was ‘less cautious, more calculating, and more sensationalist than much of the existing literature would lead one to suppose’. Welsh newspapers have, however, been hitherto largely ignored by that literature. This would seem to be something of an oversight, because Welsh identity became politicized for the first time in the 1860s. In the particular context of North-East Wales, where - as in many border regions - identity is contested, the coverage of the Mold Riots in the local press offers an instructive opportunity to examine early attempts to negotiate identity politics in what was already a mixed, semi-anglicised region in which questions of religion, language, class and loyalty were emerging as potentially divisive political issues. The paper will examine local newspapers’ rhetorical frames, in which audiences are encouraged to interpret events in ways sympathetic to the actions of the authorities. This paper sees the event as a pivotal example of changing interpretations of political and national identity in local newspapers with a cross-border remit.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Preprint submitted to Media History
Issue Date:
19-Mar-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/215970
Type:
Article; Preprint
Language:
en
Description:
Preprint submitted to Media History, 2012.
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dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Simon Gwynen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-19T09:56:42Z-
dc.date.available2012-03-19T09:56:42Z-
dc.date.issued2012-03-19-
dc.identifier.citationPreprint submitted to Media Historyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/215970-
dc.descriptionPreprint submitted to Media History, 2012.en_GB
dc.description.abstractThe Mold Riots of 1869 came at a time of social and cultural upheaval throughout Wales. Several distinct contexts intersect, and this paper will attempt to synthesize and interpret them by analyzing archival coverage of the events in the local press. The period was a dynamic one for local newspapers across the UK, with Benson arguing that the English provincial press at the time was ‘less cautious, more calculating, and more sensationalist than much of the existing literature would lead one to suppose’. Welsh newspapers have, however, been hitherto largely ignored by that literature. This would seem to be something of an oversight, because Welsh identity became politicized for the first time in the 1860s. In the particular context of North-East Wales, where - as in many border regions - identity is contested, the coverage of the Mold Riots in the local press offers an instructive opportunity to examine early attempts to negotiate identity politics in what was already a mixed, semi-anglicised region in which questions of religion, language, class and loyalty were emerging as potentially divisive political issues. The paper will examine local newspapers’ rhetorical frames, in which audiences are encouraged to interpret events in ways sympathetic to the actions of the authorities. This paper sees the event as a pivotal example of changing interpretations of political and national identity in local newspapers with a cross-border remit.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectlocal newspapersen_GB
dc.subjectMold Riotsen_GB
dc.subjectnational identityen_GB
dc.subjectWalesen_GB
dc.title‘Half a loaf is better than none’: The framing of political and national identity in Welsh border newspapers in the aftermath of the Mold Riots, 1869-1870en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.typePreprinten
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren_GB
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