‘The Magnetic Pull of the Metropolis’: The Manchester Guardian, The Provincial Press and Ideas of the North

@article{OReilly2020TheMP,
  title={‘The Magnetic Pull of the Metropolis’: The Manchester Guardian, The Provincial Press and Ideas of the North},
  author={Carole O’Reilly},
  journal={Northern History},
  year={2020},
  volume={57},
  pages={270 - 290}
}
The newspaper globally known as the Guardian began its life in Manchester as the Manchester Guardian. This paper examines the reactions of readers of the newspaper in the context of the decision to remove the word ‘Manchester’ from the its title in 1959. It uses 251 letters on the subject sent to the newspaper to assess the usefulness of Anthony Cohen’s idea of readers as a symbolic community. This approach defines community in terms of a shared symbol whose meaning may be interpreted… 
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