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.

Making a Living

Making a Living

Oh dear me, the warld is ill divided. Them that works the hardest are aye wi’ least provided. But I maun bide contented, dark days or fine. For there’s no much pleasure livin’ affen ten and nine.1

Figure 8.1 Mary Brooksbank poem

Source: Author’s photograph

In the previous two chapters our focus has been on how power is structured in Scotland and how wealth and income are distributed. In this chapter we will explore patterns of employment, in short how people make a living. In the following chapter we focus on social class and social opportunity, dimensions based on people’s occupations, but with wider implications for social relations in Scotland. Taken together, these four chapters (6 to 9) provide an account ...

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