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Claiming Scotland

National Identity and Liberal Culture

Jonathan Hearn

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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

About the Author

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


Together, these books give a reader a wealth of infromation about the events and forces that culminated in a devolved Scotland and which may drive that land yet further away from Westminster control.(Reviewed with The Road to Home Rule by Christopher Harvie & Peter Jones and Scottish Popular Politics by W. Hamish Fraser, all EUP.)
- T. P. Wolf, Indiana State University, British Politics Group Quarterly
An ethnographics study about Scottish nationalism that is unlike others ... raises interesting issues ... recommended.