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 22: Seeing Ourselves: The Media in Scotland
Seeing Ourselves: The Media in Scotland
Try this as a thought experiment. If there was no ‘Scottish press’ – no Herald, Scotsman, Press and Journal, Courier, no Daily Record, no Sunday Post – how would we have made sense of Scotland? If we had had to rely on the London-based The Times, Guardian, Telegraph and Sun, what would have been the chances of framing an understanding of ourselves?
It is, of course, a ‘what if?’ question, because one of the defining features of Scotland is that there has been such a press to reflect and amplify Scottish concerns, to help, indeed, to construct the Scottish frame of reference. And yet, just at the moment when Scotland has never been more ...