Understanding Scotland: The Sociology of a Stateless Nation (International Library of Sociology)

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9780415067478: Understanding Scotland: The Sociology of a Stateless Nation (International Library of Sociology)

Scotland stands at the centre of sociological concerns in the late 20th century. Rather than being an awkward, ill fitting case, a nation without a state, it is at the centre of the discipline's postmodernist dilemma. Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom, a highly centralized and unitary state for nearly 300 years, yet has survived the Union in 1707 as a distinctive civil society. Its sense of difference and identity has, indeed, grown rather than diminished. In many respects Scotland is a society with an unmade history, for its history seems incomplete and unpredictable. In a world where the nation state is losing its raison d'etre, Scotland provides an important test case for the proposition that the quest for self-determination occurs in the context of major shifts in political and social arrangements at the global level. This book should be of interest to undergraduates and postgraduates in sociology.

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'The balance of theory, data and analysis is just right ... anyone with an interest in the changing social and political contours of late twentieth century Europe should read this book.' - Gordon Marshall, Chief Executive ESRC

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