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Scotland 2014 and Beyond – Coming of Age and Loss of Innocence?


Klaus Peter Müller

This book examines Scotland from a great variety of international and disciplinary perspectives, offering viewpoints from ordinary citizens as well as experts in culture, history, literature, sociology, politics, the law, and the media. The texts investigate the mental processes, dispositions, and activities that have been involved in past and present discussions about Scottish independence, freedom, equality, justice, and the creation of a fair society. Such discussions have been shaped by specific values, ideologies, class or personal interests and objectives as well as by specific ways of telling their stories. These are analysed together with the European, global, and democratic dimensions of Scotland, in order to find answers to the question how coming of age might be achieved today.
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Blain, Neil, Director of the Stirling Media Research Institute, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling, has given evidence to recent parliamentary inquiries into the newspaper industry by both the UK and Scottish governments, and was a member of the working group which reported to the Scottish Government in 2011 on funding for a digital network. He worked extensively as a broadcasting research consultant for the BBC during the 1990s, and sits on the Scottish national board of Skillset, the media sector skills council. He was a member of the Scottish Industry Skills Panel throughout its existence from 2002-2008. Professor Blain is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and served on the 2008 RAE subject panel in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies. He has acted in an advisory capacity for a number of funded research projects and has undertaken very extensive refereeing and rapporteur work for several research councils, as well as refereeing for many journals. He is co-editor of The International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics. He is presently engaged on a variety of projects including cultural archive work. He is a frequent public platform speaker on a range of media and cultural issues, and has made numerous radio, television and press contributions since the 1980s. His publications have covered a wide range of topics, often addressing questions of the media and collective identity, in both Europe and Scotland; and include writing on European monarchy, on sport and the media, and on cultural theory and...

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