'Pants to poverty'? Making poverty history, Edinburgh 2005

Hugo Gorringe*, Michael Rosie

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July 2005 saw 225,000 people march through Edinburgh in the city's largest ever demonstration. Their cause was the idealistic injunction to 'Make Poverty History' (MPH). This paper presents an analysis of the MPH march, focusing particularly on the interplay between protestors, the police and the media. Drawing on ongoing research, it interrogates the disjunction between projected and actual outcomes, paying particular scrutiny to media speculation about possible violence. It also asks how MPH differed from previous G8 protests and what occurred on the day itself. The paper considers three key aspects: the composition and objectives of the marchers ( who was on the march, why they were there and what they did?), the constituency that the protestors were trying to reach, and the media coverage accorded to the campaign. The intent underlying this threefold focus is an attempt to understand the protestors and what motivated them, but also to raise the question of how 'successful' they were in communicating their message.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
JournalSociological Research Online
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2006


  • Make Poverty History
  • protest
  • media
  • policing
  • social movements


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