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.

‘Race’ and Ethnicity in Scotland

‘Race’ and Ethnicity in Scotland

How does Scotland relate to ‘race’ and ethnicity? Here is how we like to see ourselves, and how we hope others see us (see Figure 13.1).

As sociologists, we should be properly sceptical of claims that anyone can be accepted as a Scot so long as they behave in a ‘Scottish’ way. Simply flag-waving is not enough to be accepted as ‘one of us’; and would such a claim be accepted in any case? This chapter is about how racial and ethnic relations operate in Scotland, and we ask whether the assumption that Scots are more liberal and tolerant than others, notably the English, stands up to scrutiny.

Figure 13.1 Scotland against Racism demonstration, 2010

Source: Author’s photograph

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