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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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The Politics of Contemporary Scottish Nationalism

The Politics of Contemporary Scottish Nationalism

(p.15) 2 The Politics of Contemporary Scottish Nationalism
Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland

Murrey Stewart Leith

Daniel P. J. Soule

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers political expressions of nationalism, examining events from the 1970s in more detail and drawing attention to the wider socio-political context of the politics of nationalism in Scotland. National identity has long been a component of the Scottish people, and nationalism has long been a part of Scottish politics, but it is only within the last forty or so years that both have entered the ongoing political arena, and only in the last decade that they have occupied centre stage on a regular basis. When the nationalist movement regained the public fore with the design for a Scottish parliament, it was a movement that included individuals from a number of parties and organisations, but not from the SNP.

Keywords:   Scotland, nationalism, national identity, Scottish politics, Scottish parliament, SNP

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