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Scottish Nationalism and the Idea of Europe

Concepts of Europe and the Nation, 1st Edition

By Atsuko Ichijo


192 pages

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'Independence in Europe', adopted by the Scottish National Party (SNP) as its core policy in 1988, has become part and parcel of contemporary Scottish nationalism. But is this not a contradiction in terms? Nationalistic logic dictates that one cannot demand independence while accepting the constraints that come with membership of the European Union. This book takes up that question and explores the conditions that have emerged and become integrated with Scottish society today.

Scottish Nationalism and the Idea of Europe offers fresh insights into the 'pro-European' dimension of Scottish nationalism and its implications for the UK. The book also argues for the necessity of examining the uses of history in seeking to understand the 'new' nationalisms of contemporary Europe.


'A well-constructed, readable and very clear account of the attitudes of Scottish elites towards Europe and the way in which these elites project images of europe and the european Union onto Scottish identity.'

Peter Lynch, Scottish Affairs

'Interview material is skilfully deployed in the main empirical sections and backed up by some widder statistical data to assess changing public attitudes to Europe.'

Peter Lynch, Scottish Affairs

About the Author

Atsuko Ichijo is Research Project Officer working on a European Commision funded international research project, EURONAT, at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. She obtained an MA from the Universty of Tokyo before being awarded the first ever PhD in Nationalism and Ethnicity by the University of London - this book is based on her doctoral thesis.

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British Politics and Society

Social change impacts not just upon voting behaviour and party identity but also the formulation of policy. But how do social changes and political developments interact? Which shapes which? Reflecting a belief that social and political structures cannot be understood either in isolation from each other or from the historical processes which form them, this series will examine the forces that have shaped British society and culture. Cross- disciplinary approaches will be encouraged. In the process, the series will aim to make a contribution to existing fields, such as politics, history, sociology and media studies, as well as opening out new and hitherto-neglected fields.

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