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Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland$
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Murray Stewart Leith and Daniel P. J. Soule

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637362

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637362.001.0001

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Whose Nationalism is it Anyway?

Whose Nationalism is it Anyway?

(p.1) 1 Whose Nationalism is it Anyway?
Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland

Murrey Stewart Leith

Daniel P. J. Soule

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses approaches to nationalism, alternative perspectives in Scottish national identity, and methodologies employed. The study of national identity and politics in Scotland employs a mixed-method approach, stretching across traditions and disciplines. This book uses a combination of empirical political science, content analysis, qualitative interviews, and linguistically based discourse analysis to explore the similarities and differences between elite political instantiations of national identity and those manifest in discourse and opinions of the wider public. It tackles issues within the political arena in terms of national identity, nationalism, and political alignment, and the changing nature of that sense of identity as employed by the major political parties. The book looks at manifestos produced specifically for Scotland at British General Elections since the 1970s.

Keywords:   Scotland, national identity, nationalism, political science, British General Elections, political parties

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