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.

Social Class and Social Opportunity

Social Class and Social Opportunity

Is Scotland a class society? It would be hard to argue otherwise, and yet how social class operates, and crucially what it means, are not straightforward. There are apparent contradictions. Thus, in Scotland there is a long history of class action, a tradition of radical politics, all of which seeming to indicate that class particularly matters in Scotland. Furthermore, as we saw in the previous chapter, describing Scotland as an ethno-class colony of England was fashionable in the 1970s, such that writers like Hechter and Wallerstein attributed oppressed status to Scotland.

At the same time there is a stubborn belief that Scotland is a more egalitarian country than England, where people relate to each other in ...

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