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In September of 1997 Scots voted overwhelmingly for the establishment of a modern democratic parliament - their first parliament in almost three hundred years. How did this remarkable constitutional change come about? Jonathan Hearn explores this question by examining how claims for greater political autonomy in Scotland today draw on deeper cultural traditions of political thought and action. Scotland's civic nationalism voices a moral critique of neoliberalism and a communitarian defence of the idea of the welfare state, grounding these in Scottish culture and identity. By placing this movement and its language in their institutional, historical and cultural contexts, this powerful book challenges the conventional distinctions between liberalism and nationalism, and between civic and ethnic forms of nationalism, by arguing for a more nuanced way of thinking about processes of culture, identity and politics. Key Features *An anthropological perspective on Scottish nationalism *An ethnographic, highly readable presentation of the subject *A synthetic treatment of nationalism and liberalism *An in-depth critique of the ethnic/civic dichotomy in nationalism studies

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781902930169
ISBN-10: 1902930169
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Polygon at Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Jonathan S. Hearn

Jonathan Hearn is a cultural anthropologist from the United States, is a Lecturer in Politics and Sociology at the University of Edinburgh

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