Among the wee Nazareths: myths of moral community

Andrew Blaikie

in The Scots Imagination and Modern Memory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780748617869
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653515 | DOI:
Among the wee Nazareths: myths of moral community

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This chapter challenges the negativity of the presence of cultural sub-nationalism in the Scots psyche, arguing — albeit just as speculatively — that those consuming and, to some extent, themselves shaping culture should not be dismissed as political dupes, but considered, à la Herzfeld, as capable of a rather more self-aware, ironic, and even strategic grasp of mediated representations of national identity. It opines that conventional readings of Scottish popular literature castigate an apparent tradition of Kailyard and couthiness that at once celebrated a backward-looking idealization of community, while denying the brute facts of a modernization process that destroyed actual communities. It further opines that although there is much truth in this characterization, nevertheless there must be strong reasons why the ‘parish paradigm’ has prevailed.

Keywords: cultural sub-nationalism; Scots psyche; Kailyard; culture; parish paradigm

Chapter.  16181 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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