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A Cause Still Unwon: The Struggle to Represent Scotland

Neil Blain and David Hutchison

in The Media in Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627998
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671205 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627998.003.0001
A Cause Still Unwon: The Struggle to Represent Scotland

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The opening chapter reflects on some historical tendencies in the representation of Scotland and Scottishness, briefly examining press and magazine categories of ‘Scottishness’ in the 1950s, before then analyzing the attitudes of Glasgow's 19th century magazine Quiz. Thereafter the discussion opens to debate patterns of 20th century representation in the media generally, considering differences in indigenous and external media accounts of Scotland. An extended case study of the BBC series Restoration is used to investigate broader questions about ownership of representational power, which is then extended historically through the example of accounts, since his own time, of the Scottish explorer John Rae, whose Orkney house features in Restoration's episodes. Concluding remarks note among other observations that Scotland has a media apparatus of sorts but that its Scottishness is fragile.

Keywords: representation of Scotland; indigenous and external accounts of Scotland; representational power; mediation and the digital age

Chapter.  7795 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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