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Constructing Scottish Identity in Media Discourses

The Use of Common Sense Knowledge in the Scottish Press


Miriam Schröder

Scotland’s efforts to establish and assert its distinct national identity have a long tradition. National identity has been a central theme throughout the centuries in a country where economic, political, and social issues have tended to be closely bound up with questions of national mentality and emotion. This book examines the part played by Scottish newspapers in constructing identity during a key period of the devolution process, 1997–2011. It uses insights from the fields of cultural and media studies, sociology, cognitive science and narratology into the ways in which culturally defined knowledge and the notions of identity emerging from it have been constructed. The study contributes to the understanding of Scottish identity, and its evaluations are relevant beyond the immediate context of Scotland and the United Kingdom.
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Writing my dissertation and completing my PhD has been a long journey. This journey would have been impossible to finish without the support of so many, of which I will only be able to mention a few. I would like to begin by giving special thanks to my supervisor Professor Klaus Peter Müller for providing me with the opportunity to complete my dissertation and for his invaluable insights. I’m greatly indebted to Professor Sabina Matter-Seibel who stepped in as second supervisor late in the process. I am also very grateful to the remaining members of my dissertation committee, Professors Jutta Ernst, Cornelia Sieber, and Andreas Gipper.

I’d like to give special thanks to my former colleagues at the University of Mainz, particularly to Ron Walker, Ilka Schwittlinsky, Caroline White-Göttsche, Heiko Ahmann, and Marcus Wiedmann. Thank you for the help and chats during many a day spent working in the office which was a more than welcome change to the solitude of writing a dissertation. I’m also very grateful to them and to Adele Carpenter for structuring and proofreading my text.

I gratefully acknowledge the support in publishing this study given to me by the FTSK Freundeskreis and the Department of British Studies at the FTSK.

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