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Type: Journal article
Title: Stereotypes as political resistance: the Irish police court columns, c.1820-1845
Author: Barclay, K.
Citation: Social History, 2017; 42(2):257-280
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 0307-1022
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Katie Barclay
Abstract: Police court columns were a popular and flourishing representation of the courtroom in the early nineteenth-century British and Irish press. Despite this, they have been little used by historians, perhaps due to their often humorous and comic depictions of the courtroom. This article re-evaluates the Irish police court columns as a site of debate around Irish national identity at the beginning of the nineteenth century. It argues that these representations were not only sophisticated, but allowed the Irish to reformulate the stereotype of the stage Irishman. Moreover, as representations that captured behaviours of individuals within the courtroom, they provided an opportunity for a broad swathe of the community to engage in broader debates around the nature of Irishness and Irish political rights.
Keywords: Ireland; stereotypes; newspapers; court; political rights; nationalism
Description: Published online: 19 Apr 2017.
Rights: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
DOI: 10.1080/03071022.2017.1290343
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