Chapter

Finding ways home

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617869.003.0008
Finding ways home

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This chapter attempts to explain how it is ‘memory above all that maintains the imagined identities upon which society rests’. It suggests that remembrance of the modern nation, as time advances, is redolent with diverse interpretations and imaginings, but these experiences, at once both personal and social, are far from random or chaotic. It explains that they are conditioned by the needs of relative strangers who wish either to maintain some collective sociological grasp of the present, or who feel confronted by its very absence. It opines that such is the illumination cast by the Scottish social imaginary.

Keywords: memory; society; modern nation; social imaginary

Chapter.  13305 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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