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 14: Religion: Have Scots Become a Godless People?
Religion: Have Scots Become a Godless People?
Scots have a reputation for being more than usually religious, but stereotypes outlive their realities as much as they exaggerate them. The image of ‘Scotland as a land where people and church are in unique alliance’ (Henderson, 1969: back cover) remained current long after that alliance had collapsed. At the end of the twentieth century, the queen’s summer holiday attendances at Crathie Kirk were still reported on the evening news, the popular magazine the People’s Friend often featured a rural church on its front cover, and every profile of the Labour Chancellor and then Prime Minister Gordon Brown mentioned that he was ‘a son of the ...