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Who are the SNP Members?

James Mitchell, Lynn Bennie and Rob Johns

in The Scottish National Party

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580002
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731099 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580002.003.0004
Who are the SNP Members?

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This chapter provides a socio-demographic overview of the membership based on the survey: the party emerges as a male-dominated party with a high average age. A socio-economic profile shows the party to be predominantly objectively middle class though a majority reject any class identity. The proportion of members who were born in England is around that found in the Scottish population as a whole though the membership is drawn disproportionately from small town and rural Scotland.

Keywords: profile; socio-demographic; middle class; class identity; small town; rural Scotland

Chapter.  5295 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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