The British Underground Press, 1965-1974: The London­Provincial Relationship, and Representations of the Urban and the Rural

Deakin, Rich (1999) The British Underground Press, 1965-1974: The London­Provincial Relationship, and Representations of the Urban and the Rural. Masters thesis, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education.

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Whatever perspective one takes, contradictions in the relationship between the capital and the provinces have always been evident to some extent, and the British underground press of the late 1960s and early 1970s is no exception. The introductory first chapter will define the meaning of the term 'underground' in this context, and outline some of the sources used and the methodologies employed. Chapter Two will show how the British underground press developed from an alternative coterie of writers, poets, and artists - often sympathisers of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament movement. It will also show how having developed from roots that were arguably provincial the underground adopted London as its base. The third chapter will take a more detailed look at the background of some London and provincial underground publications and will attempt to see what extent the London underground press portrayed the provinces, and vice-versa. In Chapter Four actual aspects of life in urban and rural settings, such as communes, squats, and pop festivals, will be examined in relation to the adoption of these lifestyles by the wider counterculture and how they were adapted to particular environments as part of an envisioned alternative society. Furthermore, it will also show how the underground press was instrumental in reporting on and, perhaps, influencing the growth of these alternative lifestyles. Indeed underground publications were produced from, and for, particular places, and it might be argued helped to redefine the way in which these areas were perceived by the underground. Finally, an explanation for some of the reasons for the decline of the underground and its press will be put forward.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human geography. Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Professional Services > Library, Technology and Information Service
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Richard Deakin
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2020 10:08
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 21:51

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