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.

Scotland and Stuff: The Sociology of Consumption and Lifestyle

Scotland and Stuff: The Sociology of Consumption and Lifestyle

To study stuff, we need ourselves to be where stuff is. Right there, in the living room, the bathroom, the bedroom and the kitchen. This is where most of modern life is lived. Families are created in bedrooms and sometimes divorced there. Memories and aspirations are laid out in photographs and furniture. (Miller, 2010: 109)

We start with this comment by Daniel Miller, not because there is anything unusual about Scotland in relation to ‘stuff’, but because there is not. Like any other advanced capitalist society, our relationship to consumption is defined by economy and culture. What is produced and consumed is not so different from other comparable ...

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