Civic identity, municipal governance and provincial newspapers: the Lincoln of Bernard Gilbert, poet, critic and ‘booster’, 1914

Jackson, Andrew J.H. (2014) Civic identity, municipal governance and provincial newspapers: the Lincoln of Bernard Gilbert, poet, critic and ‘booster’, 1914. Urban History, 42 (1). pp. 113-129. ISSN 1469-8706

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Abstract

The provincial press played a significant role in forming local attitudes and senses of civic identity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Local and regional newspapers often adopted a ‘boosterist’ language, a style that enthusiastically promoted the particular qualities of places. The persistence of boosterism into the early twenty-first century makes it a concept worthy of further exploration. This study considers just one ‘booster’, Bernard Samuel Gilbert, and his illuminating series of articles on Lincoln for the Lincolnshire Echo in 1914. His correspondence illustrates the contrasting stances towards improvement typically employed within the local press – including the boosterist alongside the more critical.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published by Cambridge University Press. All rights reserved. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Provincial newspapers, Bernard Gilbert, Lincolnshire
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Emma Sansby
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 15:08
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 16:49
URI: http://researchonline.bishopg.ac.uk/id/eprint/17

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