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.

Gendering Scotland

Gendering Scotland

In this chapter, we will focus on gender in Scotland. This is not simply a chapter ‘about’ women in Scotland rather than men. That may seem an obvious point, but ‘gender’ is frequently used as a code for ‘women’, because women are on the receiving end of inequality rather than men, and partly as a consequence women are the focus of gender issues.

Chapter aims

  • To provide a sociological understanding of gender relations and gender inequalities in Scotland.
  • To examine whether there is a specific Scottish focus on gender, particularly in terms of cultural assumptions and reflected in public images.
  • To analyse how women and men construe their social identities, and in particular focus on how they relate national and gender identities.
  • To provide a ‘gender ...
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