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The Changing Sense of Scotland: the Political Employment of National Identity

Murrey Stewart Leith and Daniel P. J. Soule

in Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748637362
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652914 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637362.003.0003
The Changing Sense of Scotland: the Political Employment of National Identity

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This chapter illustrates how the nationalist–unionist issue has changed over the last forty years in Scottish politics. The manifesto content analysis indicates the changing employment of a sense of Scottish identity in the central campaigning documents of mainstream politics, particularly in relation to the congruent British identity. The chapter turns to a consideration of the political focus on national identity and nationalism in Scottish manifestos issued for British General Elections from the 1970s onwards. As parties look to create an ideological, political platform in Scotland, this platform also impacts, and is impacted upon by, the sense of national identity in Scotland.

Keywords: nationalist–unionist; manifesto content analysis; Scottish politics; British identity; British General Election

Chapter.  10344 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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