Letters to the Editor

Comparative and Historical Perspectives

Editors: Cavanagh, Allison, Steel, John (Eds.)

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  • Links together diverse theoretical and empirical approaches to Letters to the Editor
  • Compares media in international contexts
  • Examines change and continuity in media over different historical periods
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This book provides an account of current work on letters to the editor from a range of different national, cultural, conceptual and methodological perspectives. Letters to the editor provide a window on the reflexive relationship between editorial and readership identities in historical and international contexts. They are a forum through which the personal and the political intersect, a space wherein the implications of contemporaneous events are worked out by citizens and public figures alike, and in which the meaning and significance of unfolding media narratives and events are interpreted and contested. They can also be used to understand the multiple and overlapping ways that particular issues recur over sometimes widely distinct periods. This collection brings together scholars who have helped open up letters to the editor as a resource for scholarship and whose work in this book continues to provide new insights into the relationship between journalism and its publics.

About the authors

Allison Cavanagh is Lecturer in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds, UK. Her work focuses on media in both historical and contemporary contexts and she has a particular interest in comparative research. 
John Steel is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK. He has produced more than 30 publications with leading international publishers and in major peer-reviewed journals on topics including media history, journalism and political communication.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-7

    Cavanagh, Allison (et al.)

  • Regular Letters-Writers: Meanings and Perceptions of Public Debate

    Pages 9-23

    Torres da Silva, Marisa

  • Speaking as Citizens: Women’s Political Correspondence to Scottish Newspapers 1918–1928

    Pages 25-47

    Pedersen, Sarah

  • Letters to the Editor in the Chicago Defender, 1929–1930: The Voice of a Voiceless People

    Pages 49-67

    Perkins, Stephynie C. (et al.)

  • Letters to the Editor in Colombia: A Sanctuary of Public Emotions

    Pages 69-88

    Barrios, Marta Milena (et al.)

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eBook £71.50
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Letters to the Editor
Book Subtitle
Comparative and Historical Perspectives
Editors
  • Allison Cavanagh
  • John Steel
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26480-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26480-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26479-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 181
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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