Islamophobia and Anglophobia in Post-Devolution Scotland

Asifa Hussain and William Miller

in Has Devolution Delivered?

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622467
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672028 | DOI:
Islamophobia and Anglophobia in Post-Devolution Scotland

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Devolution was undeniably a move in a nationalist direction, even if it was intended to inoculate Scots against more extreme nationalism. Indeed, opponents had long argued that it was a step onto a ‘slippery slope’ that would encourage rather than discourage nationalism. In an increasingly self-conscious post-devolution Scotland, English immigrants might feel ill-at-ease like the Protestants in the Irish Republic after partition, or Russians in post-Soviet Central Asia or the Baltic states — an unwelcome ‘post-imperial’ minority. This chapter explores street-level prejudice towards two key minorities in post-devolution Scotland: Muslims and English immigrants. It shows how far the inclusive civic nationalism of political elites reaches down to the street, how well it can cope with minorities that cannot ‘adopt the culture’ or ‘join the nation’, and whether it extends equally to both these minorities. To measure Islamophobia and Anglophobia in Scotland, the chapter focuses on the attitudes of ‘majority Scots’ — defined to exclude Muslims (only 1 per cent of the population), English immigrants (8 per cent) and those whose partners are English immigrants (another 4 per cent).

Keywords: devolution; Scotland; nationalism; English immigrants; Muslims; prejudice; minorities; Islamophobia; Anglophobia; majority Scots

Chapter.  9802 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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