Tartan Comics and Comic Tartanry

Margaret Munro

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:
Tartan Comics and Comic Tartanry

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This chapter considers ways in which the use of tartan in performance, often in the form of the kilt, in the last fifty years has been recognised by audiences both nationally and internationally as a Scottish emblem. It notes that the various ways in which identity may be created often focus on the difference between national and collective identity. It quotes an argument from Philip Schlesinger which suggested that ‘national identity is best understood as a specific form of collective identity’, but that relevant work has mostly ‘failed to conceptualise national identity as opposed to the identities of emergent collectivities within established nation-states’. It adds Schlesinger's suggestion that ‘collective identity requires the constant action of an agent within a determinate set of social relations and requires taking account of space and time’.

Keywords: tartan; kilt; Scottish emblem; Philip Schlesinger; national identity; collective identity; social relations

Chapter.  5601 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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