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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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The Articles in this Book: Topics, Perspectives, Disciplines: Klaus Peter Müller


The texts you’ll find in this collection all evidently deal with what the book’s title suggests, namely Scotland in this important year 2014 and the prospects for future Scottish developments. All articles reflect the authors’ opinions today, and most were written before 18 September, the day of the referendum on Scottish independence. They were initiated by the conference on ‘Scotland 2014: Coming of Age and Loss of Innocence?’ held a year before the referendum at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in its Faculty 06 at Germersheim,1 but have been extensively revised and brought up to date this year.

The book tries to give a rough account of how Scotland and the ideas of independence, freedom, maturity, national identity, and eventually devolution have been dealt with in various media and from different points of view since the Middle Ages. The texts’ intention to provide readers with an insight into what Scotland is like at the moment and what the directions are it is most likely to be moving towards evidently requires an understanding of where the country has come from and what has given it its current shape. The past, the present, and the future thus are intricately connected with each other. The book also presents views on Scotland from many different disciplines, research areas, ideological positions, and intellectual perspectives. It thus is inter-disciplinary and tries to cover most of the important areas of (the Scottish) society today: politics, cultural policy, history, sociology, media and film...

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