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Prosecution and radical discourse during the 1790s: the case of the Scottish sedition trials

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Davis, MT (2005) Prosecution and radical discourse during the 1790s: the case of the Scottish sedition trials. International Journal of the Sociology of Law, 33 (3). pp. 148-158. ISSN 0194-6595

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Abstract

This essay looks at the sedition trials in Scotland during the 1790s to examine how prosecution was exploited by radicals as a forum for political expression. As the government instituted a concerted campaign against radical activism, an increasing number of reformers faced trial on sedition and treason in this period. The courtroom emerged as an alternative venue for political discourse and this essay will explore some of the ways by which radicals challenged the dominant discursive and performative elements of trial proceedings.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: popular politics; radicalism; discourse; political trials
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of the Sociology of Law
Page Range: pp. 148-158
ISSN: 0194-6595
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsl.2005.09.001
Additional Information: The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2009 23:46
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:02
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/8878
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