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Found in Multiculturalism

Acceptance or Challenge?


Edited By Izabela Handzlik and Lukasz Sorokowski

This book aims to assemble a variety of perspectives that have shaped the development of multicultural studies over the last years, and which today attempt at comprising the main contending lines of approach to both teaching and research within this rapidly expanding area of inquiry. Conceived as a panorama of diverse multicultural manifestations, it seeks to respond to the needs of a readership sharing an undivided interest in the labyrinthine nature of multiculturalism. In doing so, it endeavours to make the convoluted debates underlying the foundations of the social sciences and humanities more accessible to the uninitiated and is aimed at both academics specialising in the area and readers eager to broaden their horizons.
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Between nationhood and statehood, unionism and nationalism: Scotland’s identity politics in the devolution discourse since the 1950s



Abstract: The paper looks at selected attempts made to construct Scottish identity within the dialectic of nationalist identity politics, a phenomenon narrated at the local and/or regional Scottish level, and a broader level of public discourse in post-devolution Britain. Based on the concept of cultural capital, and building up on selected approaches to culture, memory and identity, emphasis is placed on the analysis of the activities undertaken by the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government, including a variety of related actors within the socio-political framework, as an attempt to enhance Scottish identity and its role within the UK and Europe following the successful 1997 devolution referendum and subsequent “institutionalisation of Scottishness”. Hinging further on Paasi’s notion of “socio-spatial” region-construction to examine the role “cultural otherness” plays in the process of devolution and the political effects and tensions created, it is argued that creating the “story of Scotland” is not merely a purely cognitive concept, restricted to the abstract domain of political discourse, but a vibrant construct heavily relying on the post-national understanding of identity politics in the post-devolution era. Admittedly, constructing Scottish identity is truly a dialectical enterprise, and, as such, is narrated it on various levels, including the larger UK-wide context, and that of the EU. Scotland is an emerging nation-construction in the post-devolution era, and constructing Scotland as a geographically-coherent entity is an unfolding narration of its cultural separateness, stirring controversy over the extent to which a deeper separation leading to independence will undermine the unity...

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