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Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland by Murray Stewart Leith, Daniel P. J. Soule

Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland



Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland by Murray Stewart Leith, Daniel P. J. Soule

Uses manifesto analysis to measure political nationalism in Scotland. Murray Stewart Leith and Daniel P. J. Soule explore the importance of groups, concepts and events such as the SNP and devolution, unionism, the political elite, political and public discourse, inclusion and exclusion, enforced nationalism, and birth, race and citizenship to nationalist feeling in Scotland. The authors set the Modernist view of Scottish nationalism against the work of Gellner, Anderson and Billig to create their own 'mixed method' of evaluating nationalism. This title presents a detailed consideration of the language used within the political and nationalist arena in Scotland. It compares a variety of attitudes and opinions held within Scotland from the political elite to the masses. It introduces a new method for measuring political nationalism using manifesto analysis.

About the Author

Murray Stewart Leith is Lecturer in Politics at the University of the West of Scotland. Daniel P. J. Soule is Lecturer in Academic Writing in the Caledonian Graduate Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University.

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Publication date

14th September 2012


Murray Stewart Leith, Daniel P. J. Soule

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Edinburgh University Press


192 pages


Politics & government



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