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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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Appendix: Index of newspaper texts analysed in the corpus


The following is a complete list of the texts which make up the corpus. The headlines were taken the way they were in the LexisNexis database or, in the case of the Herald texts, in the online archive, without the subheads. However, as the majority of the headlines were in upper-case letters throughout, changes were made to case-sensitive spelling in order to enable a better readability. This was done knowing that there might be some inconsistencies to the originally published print version. No corrections were made, so there are no [sic] markings.

List of Herald texts

The Herald texts were collected from the LexisNexis database and the online archive. The database was accessed on 07 February 2011, 04 July 2011, and 23 March 2012. The online archive was accessed on 04 July 2011, 05 July 2011, and 25 March 2012.

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