Manufactured Schema: Thatcher, the Miners and the Culture Industry

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Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2006 - History - 316 pages
A couple of decades after Margaret Thatcher managed to radically transform the rules of industrial relations in Britain, there has been a great deal of debate, comment and analysis by a wide range of commentators with various ideological persuasions. Thatcherism has, therefore, become an infamous concept in the study of modern British politics. This book re-examines one of the most controversial features of that era, the relationship between the media (in particular the press), the Prime Minister and the trades unions in the 1980s. The book is based on the assumption that Thatcher's policies were supported by the most partisan press industry to date. This assumption is empirically substantiated with the aid of a comprehensive research program. This research compares the editorials of the national press in the 1970s to provide a more in-depth understanding of the differential outlook of the press to the miners and their strikes. Through an added qualitative scrutiny of the role of Murdoch's newspapers in three successive general elections involving Thatcher, the book argues that the relationship between Thatcher and Murdoch had a deep impact not only upon the press but on British society as a whole.
 

Contents

Lukacs theory of reification
8
Other influential ideas in the genesis of culture industry
18
The definition of culture industry
24
Mass culture and ideology
32
The characteristic features of the culture industry
39
The nature of domination in modern societies
47
A critique of Adornos theory of culture industry
59
Conclusion
68
methodological approach
122
Conclusion
129
General Election
142
Other Press Barons in the 1980s
149
Collective Agency
157
The Impact of Wapping
180
Conclusion
193
Overcoming Problems
199

Introduction
71
Theorizing Thatcherism
89
Thatcherism as a multifaceted populism
104
Thatcher and media pressure
111
The Trade Unionists Opinion
267
Content analysis of the categories
287
Bibliography
301
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