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Remembering and Reproducing Scotland: the Construction of National Identity

Esther Breitenbach

in Empire and Scottish Society

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780748636204
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653485 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636204.003.0006
Remembering and Reproducing Scotland: the Construction of National Identity

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This chapter discusses discourses of national identity, examining the process at work in its formation and distinguishing different types of expression of national identity. It observes that explicit references to writers themselves as Scottish, use of Scotland or Scottish experience to make analogies, and comparisons or claims relating to Scottish tradition or character were perhaps the most obvious forms of expression of Scottish identity. It notes however, that identity was also referred to in more implicit ways, for example through a focus on dimensions of missionary work seen as consonant with Scottish values, such as literacy and education, the form of church organisation and so on. It also observes that at the same time, a varying terminology of ‘Scottish’, ‘English’, and ‘British’ was deployed in different contexts, raising the question of the nature of these terms and their inter-relationships.

Keywords: national identity; Scottish tradition; missionary work; values; Scottish identity; British

Chapter.  10655 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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