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The Modern Scottish Diaspora

Contemporary Debates and Perspectives

Edited by Murray Stewart Leith, Duncan Sim

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Explores the full range of perspectives on the Scottish diaspora

Coinciding with Scotland’s second year of Homecoming in 2014, The Modern Scottish Diaspora brings together well-established and emerging scholars to present a contemporary ‘diasporic’ perspective on national affairs for Scotland. The book reflects a growing interest in the subject from academics, policy makers and politicians: the Scottish Government has actively developed a diaspora strategy, not least in order to encourage ‘roots tourism’, as individuals come back to visit their ‘homeland’ diaspora.

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List of Contributors
Introduction: the Scottish Diaspora, Murray Stewart Leith and Duncan Sim
Chapter One: Scottish Emigration and the Creation of the Diaspora, Edward J. Cowan
Chapter Two: The Scottish Diaspora and the Empire, Michael Fry
Chapter Three: Scots by Association: Clubs and Societies in the Scottish Diaspora, Kim Sullivan
Chapter Four: Doing Business with the Scottish Diaspora, Mike Danson and Jim Mather
Chapter Five: Scottish Politics and the Diaspora, Murray Stewart Leith
Chapter Six
Invisible and inaudible? England’s Scottish diaspora and the politics of the Union, Andrew Mycock
Chapter Seven: Scottish Diasporic Identity in Europe, Murray Stewart Leith and Duncan Sim
Chapter Eight: The Gaelic Diaspora in North America, Michael Newton
Chapter Nine: Ancestral ‘Scottishness and Heritage Tourism, Jenny Blain
Chapter Ten: Mass Market Romance Fiction and the Representation of Scotland in the United States, Euan Hague
Chapter Eleven: Who’s Depicting Who? Media Influences and the Scottish Diaspora, Ewan Crawford
Chapter Twelve: Sport and the Scottish Diaspora, Alan Bairner and Stuart Whigham
Conclusion, Murray Stewart Leith and Duncan Sim

About the Author

Murray Stewart Leith is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of the West of Scotland. He has published articles on national identity, nationalism and Scottish politics, examining the political and social changes wrought by devolution.

Duncan Sim is Reader in Sociology at the University of the West of Scotland. His research interests lie in issues of ethnicity and identity. He has undertaken research projects on housing and welfare services for black and minority ethnic groups, asylum seekers, refugees and migrant workers, for a range of funders including both central and local government, charities and the voluntary sector. Recent research has been on issues of identity within Scotland, and particularly within the Scottish diaspora, in North America, in England and in Europe. He is the author of: American Scots: The Scottish Diaspora and the USA (Dunedin Academic Press, 2011)


'The strength of the volume lies in its explicit links with issues facing Scotland and the diaspora today. The relevance of many chapters is evident, such as Jenny Blain’s "Ancestral ‘Scottishness’ and Heritage Tourism" and Andrew Mycock’s "Invisible and Inaudible? England’s Scottish Diaspora and the Politics of the Union." The volume also benefits from not being strictly historical, and therefore some of the central issues to the study of diaspora are viewed in a different light… The diverse subject matter makes this collection appealing to a wide audience. Anyone who wishes to better understand how the diaspora continues to affect Scotland today, and how Scotland continues to affect the diaspora, will find use in this volume.'

- Laura Harrison, University of Edinburgh, International Review of Scottish Studies

Scotland, a small country for so long embroiled in argument about its future, needs to reach out more effectively to the millions of people – all around the world – who consider themselves partly or wholly Scottish. For anyone looking to understand or connect with our diaspora, this wide-ranging and authoritative book provides a first-rate starting-point.

- James Hunter, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of the Highlands and Islands
'In 2011 Tom Devine suggested that Scottish diaspora studies were still in their intellectual infancy, despite the immense contributions made by some researchers over the last few years. His words did not go unnoticed; the volume under review is an impressive response.'
- Barbara C. Murison, University of Western Ontario, Northern Scotland

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