Activist Nation: Australia and the 1916 Conscription Referendum

Robertson, E and Crawford, R 2019, 'Activist Nation: Australia and the 1916 Conscription Referendum' in Ana Adi (ed.) Protest Public Relations: Communicating Dissent and Activism, Routledge, London, pp. 29-43.


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Title Activist Nation: Australia and the 1916 Conscription Referendum
Author(s) Robertson, E
Crawford, R
Year 2019
Title of book Protest Public Relations: Communicating Dissent and Activism
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London
Editor(s) Ana Adi
Start page 29
End page 43
Subjects Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Communication Studies
Summary Australias bitterly fought conscription debates that erupted during the First World War present a unique historical perspective of activism and its relationship with public relations. Practised by individuals and organizations across the political spectrum and across different professions, the activist campaigns of 1916 offer an opportunity to reconsider the historical relationship between activism and public relations, as well as its broader impact on national issues. This chapter uses a critical approach to examine the activities and strategies deployed by pro-conscription and anti-conscription activists in the lead up to the 1916 referendum. By revisiting these actions from this perspective, this chapter demonstrates the need to recast activism as essential part of PR history as well as the contribution that activism has made to broader democratic processes.
Copyright notice © 2019 selection and editorial matter, Ana Adi; individual chapters, the contributors
Keyword(s) public relations
protest
referendum
history
ISBN 9780815386995
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