By Tom Devine, Paddy Logue
The query 'who are we?' keeps to perplex many Scots at the present time. The a hundred brief essays during this e-book aid to extend the controversy and supply at the least the various solutions. they give a chance to penetrate in the back of the statistical surveys and discover the wealthy complexity of adjusting identification from a different variety of opinion.The assortment comprises the perspectives of individuals on the centre of items in addition to these on the margins of society, the well-known in addition to the now not so renowned, the authoritative and mainstream in addition to the idiosyncratic. It additionally includes a few perspectives 'from the outside', from North the United States, Europe and elsewhere.It examines the concept that and adventure of being Scottish at present in historical past and assesses its relevance, strengths, merits and weaknesses. It seeks to find even if there's a specific anything which makes the Scottish targeted and instantly recognisable and, if that is so, makes an attempt to explain it. in brief it's a image of Scottish identification or, as turns out to the case
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The quotation is from the Rev. John MacRury, a Benbecula man writing in 1898. He’s saying: ‘You would have expected them to be very content; for they were beset by few of the everyday worries of this life. ‘They had dry, comfortable, warm dwelling-places, suffered no lack of food or clothing, enjoyed a variety of pleasures, had never been oppressed by hard work, paid no rent or tax, were at all times undisturbed and unharried by groundofficer or factor or landlord; in a word, no living creature on earth was as free as they were of this life’s trials and troubles and anxieties.
Craig Brow n 39 Being Scottish makes me very proud. Proud of the country, proud of the culture, proud of the people and proud of the humour. 40 Being Scottish Ste ve Bruce Image Not Available Since 1991 Steve Bruce has been Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. He was educated at the Queen Victoria School, Dunblane, and then the University of Stirling and was formerly Professor of Sociology at the Queen’s University, Belfast. He is the author of sixteen books on religion and politics including Fundamentalism (Polity, 2001) and God is Dead: Secularization in the West (Blackwell, 2002).
The land of my birth evokes a disparity of responses reflecting the place I happen to be, at home or abroad. There’s awe at Edinburgh’s skyline, a smile at Glasgow’s Loby Dosser (in dreichest rain or traffic), rankle at Sutherland’s stoney duke, tranquillity at the Quirang, a sense of wonder at Soutra Aisle, and curiosity at the smells of linoleum factories or breweries. Callanish and Jarlshof amaze me, but so do my compatriots who’d swap them for a football match. Being Scottish, however, we raise a glass together: Scotland thy mountains, Thy valleys and fountains The home of the poet, The birthplace of song!
Being Scottish: Personal Reflections on Scottish Identity Today by Tom Devine, Paddy Logue