Manufactured Schema: Thatcher, the Miners and the Culture Industry

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Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2006 - Culture - 316 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Genesis of the Theory of Culture Industry
3
Lukacs theory of reification
8
Authoritarianism and State Capitalism
11
Other Influential Ideas in the Genesis of Culture Industry
18
The Definition of Culture Industry
24
Mass Culture and Ideology
32
The Material Basis of Culture Industry
33
The Sample
138
The 1979 General Election
140
The 1983 General Election
142
The 1987 General Election
144
Murdochs Proprietorial Style
146
Other Press Barons in the 1980s
149
The Pattern of Press Ownership in PostWar Britain
152
Macro Agency in the External and Internal Spheres
154

The Characteristic Features of the Culture Industry
39
Standardization
40
PseudoIndividuality
42
Schematization
43
Stereotypes
44
The Nature of Domination in Modern Societies
47
A Critique of Adornos Theory of Culture Industry
59
Is the Thesis of Culture Industry Still Relevant?
61
A Definition and Brief Analysis
66
Conclusion
68
Introduction
71
The Meaning of Thatcherism
72
A Historical Perspective
75
Initial Inception
76
The Road to Power
80
Thatcher in Power
82
Theorizing Thatcherism
89
Thatcherism As a MultiFaceted Populism
104
The Underlying Traits
107
Thatcher and Media Pressure
111
Thatcherism and Publicity Strategy
112
The Prime Ministers Press Secretary
116
Methodological Approach
122
Conclusion
129
Introduction
131
Macro Agency in the Internal Sphere
133
The path to the ownership of Times Newspapers
135
Content Analysis of the Sun the News of the World and The Times 197987
137
Collective Agency in the External sphere
157
Macro Agency in the Internal Sphere
161
Collective Agency in the Internal and External Spheres
165
The Impact of Wapping
180
Conclusion
193
Introduction
197
Overcoming Problems of Reliability
199
The Sampling Procedure
202
Procedure For Assessing Editorial Attitude
204
The Quantitative Dimension
205
The Degrees of Editorial Hostility
206
The Frequency of the Selected Concepts and Phrases
208
The Qualitative Dimension
213
From Special Cases to the Enemy Within
214
The Miners as Special Cases
215
The Standardization Process
226
Public Opinion
232
The Standardization Process
237
The Stereotype Process
242
The Schematization Process
253
The Trade Unionists Opinion
267
Conclusion
269
Epilogue
272
Content Analysis of the Categories for the 198485 Sample
279
Content Analysis of the Categories for the 197274 Miners strikes
287
Bibliography
301
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