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Scotland and Islandness

Explorations in Community, Economy and Culture


Edited By Kathryn A. Burnett, Ray Burnett and Michael Danson

Scotland’s islands are diverse, resourceful and singularly iconic in national and global imaginations of places «apart» yet readily reached. This collection of essays offers a fascinating commentary on Scotland’s island communities that celebrates their histories, cultures and economies in general terms. Recognising a complex geography of distinct regions and island spaces, the collection speaks to broader themes of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, narratives of place and people, the ideas and policies of island and regional distinctiveness, as well as particular examinations of literature, language, migration, land reform, and industry. With a view to placing ideas and expressions of islandness within a lived reality of island life and scholarship, the collection provides a multidisciplinary perspective on the value of continued and expanding research commentaries on Scotland’s islands for both a Scottish and an international readership. 

This book should instantly appeal to scholars of Island Studies, Scottish Studies, and Regional Studies of northern and peripheral Europe. Readers with particular interests in the sociology and history of Scottish rural and northern Atlantic communities, the cultural histories and economies of remote and island places, and the pressing socioeconomic agenda of small island sustainability, community building and resilience should also find the collection offers current commentaries on these broad themes illustrated with local island examples and contingencies.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Burnett, Kathryn A., 1969-editor, author. | Burnett, Ray, 1946-editor, author. | Danson, Mike, editor, author.

Title: Scotland and islandness : explorations in community, economy and culture / Kathryn A. Burnett, Ray Burnett, Michael Danson.

Description: Oxford ; New York : Peter Lang, [2021] | Series: Studies in the history and culture of Scotland, 1661-6863 ; Vol. 13 | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2020051790 (print) | LCCN 2020051791 (ebook) | ISBN 9781789973778 (hardback) | ISBN 9781789974126 (ebook) | ISBN 9781789974133 (epub) | ISBN 9781789974140 (mobi)

Subjects: LCSH: Islands--Scotland--History. | Islands--Scotland--Economic conditions. | Scotland--Social life and customs. | Sustainable development--Scotland. | Scotland--History, Local. | Scotland--Rural conditions. | National characteristics, Scottish.

Classification: LCC DA887 .S37 2021 (print) | LCC DA887 (ebook) | DDC 941.1--dc23

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