Retrieving ‘that invisible leeway’: landscapes, cultures, belonging

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:
Retrieving ‘that invisible leeway’: landscapes, cultures, belonging

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This chapter complements the interpretation of the ideational and emotive bond of place and past by considering relationships between landscape and identity, again finding traces of belonging in the remembrance of places as they once reputedly were. It notes that in the Scottish case, the ‘natural’ has been culturally constructed so as to present a ‘wilderness’ devoid of people, while those who inhabit the country's peripheral shores and islands have been defined as at best differently civilized in their putatively greater closeness to the wild.

Keywords: landscape; identity; belonging; wilderness

Chapter.  15512 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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