Being Scottish: Personal Reflections on Scottish Identity Today

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Thomas Martin Devine, Paddy Logue
Edinburgh University Press, 2002 - History - 300 pages
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The question ‘who are we?’ continues to perplex many Scots today. The 100 short essays in this book help to expand the debate and provide at least some of the answers. They offer an opportunity to penetrate behind the statistical surveys and explore the rich complexity of changing identity from a varied range of opinion.The collection includes the views of people at the centre of things as well as those at the margins of society, the famous as well as the not so well known, the authoritative and mainstream as well as the idiosyncratic. It also contains a few views ‘from the outside’, from North America, Europe and elsewhere.It examines the concept and experience of being Scottish at this time in history and assesses its relevance, strengths, advantages and weaknesses. It seeks to discover whether there is a special something which makes the Scottish distinctive and immediately recognisable and, if so, attempts to describe it. In short it is a snapshot of Scottish identity or, as seems to the case, the myriad Scottish identities that exist today.Contemporary events and developments in the British Isles and the world provide the general political and social context of this collection. These include: *The state of the Union*Devolution*The rise of English nationalism and the implications for Scotland*The debate about future British political and economic sovereignty and its relevance to Scotland*The lingering after-effects of the loss of Empire with its resultant crisis of identity for Scotland, a nation which played a key role in the imperial project*The new global world order based on the USA-declared war against terrorism in the aftermath of the events of 11 September 2001However the contributors succeed in going beyond the social and political context and explore above all what it means personally to be Scottish. The reader may be surprised at the insights contained in this book. Some contributors delve into their personal histories or t
  

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Contents

Euan Baird
10
Ronald Black
23
Contents
27
Craig Brown
36
Owen Campbell
50
Robert Crawford
55
Kevin Dunion 68
71
Simon Frith
78
Margo MacDonald
160
Ian Mackenzie 168
166
David McLetchie
174
Douglas McNaughton
180
Susie Maguire
189
Donald E Meek
199
Don Paterson
205
Norman Pender
211

Gerry Hassan
92
Craig Hutchison
106
John Laird
121
Jacqui Low
133
Bashir Maan
134
Bridget McConnell
140
John McCormick
149
Mukami McCrum
155
Robina Qureshi
217
Harry Reid
220
Trevor Royle
233
BillSpeirs
248
Brian Taylor
261
Mike Watson
277
Mel Young
293
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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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