Chapter

Paying for the Plaid: Scottish Gaelic Identity Politics in Nineteenth-Century North America

Michael Newton

in From Tartan to Tartanry

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638772
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653539 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638772.003.0005
Paying for the Plaid: Scottish Gaelic Identity Politics in Nineteenth-Century North America

Show Summary Details

Preview

This chapter discusses aspects of resistance to and participation in the ascendancy of tartanism as a normative form of Scottish identity and its corresponding effect on Gaelic identity in nineteenth-century North America, especially regarding language. It reports that tartanism's rise coincided with Gaeldom's unparalleled crises of survival in the nineteenth century. It notes that Gaels who escaped repressive conditions in Scotland were confronted by similar prejudices in North America. It opines that tartanism is a phenomenon which reflects Gaeldom's subordinate status in the British polity and corresponding inability to maintain its own cultural resources or participate equitably in its own self-representation.

Keywords: tartanism; Scottish identity; Gaelic identity; North America; language; Gaels; Scotland; British polity

Chapter.  7039 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.