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The Talke of the Towne: News, Crime and the Public Sphere in Seven

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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.

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(2017). The Talke of the Towne: News, Crime and the Public Sphere in Seven. Cultural and Social History, https://doi.org/10.1080/14780038.2017.1375703

Acceptance Date Mar 6, 2017
Publication Date Sep 18, 2017
Journal Cultural and Social History
Print ISSN 1478-0038
Publisher Routledge
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14780038.2017.1375703
Keywords Public Sphere; News; Crime; Media; London
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14780038.2017.1375703

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