Written by a leading sociologist of Scotland, this ground-breaking new introduction is a comprehensive account of the social, political, economic and cultural processes at work in contemporary Scottish society. At a time of major uncertainty and transformation The New Sociology of Scotland explores every aspect of Scottish life. Placed firmly in the context of globalisation, the text: • examines a broad range of topics including race and ethnicity, social inequality, national identity, health, class, education, sport, media and culture, among many others. • looks at the ramifications of recent political events such as British General Election of 2015, the Scottish parliament election of May 2016, and the Brexit referendum of June 2016. • uses learning features such as further reading and discussion questions to stimulate students to engage critically with issues raised. Written in a lucid and accessible style, The New Sociology of Scotland is an indispensable guide for students of sociology and politics.
Chapter 2: Making Modern Scotland: The Story of the Twentieth Century
Making Modern Scotland: The Story of the Twentieth Century
In the first chapter we saw how ‘Scotland’ was a meaningful entity as early as the twelfth and thirteenth centuries; that the Union with England in 1707 did not spell the ‘end’ of Scotland; and that the ‘recovery’ of a Scottish parliament at the end of the twentieth century was the result of significant cultural as well as political and social changes.
In this chapter we focus on how modern Scotland was ‘made’ in the twentieth century. In the Appendix, you will find a timeline running from 1900 until 2015 to help you identify the main events in a historical sequence. Ask yourself: how important was the twentieth ...