Understanding Scotland has been recognised since publication as the key text on the sociology of Scotland. This wholly revised edition provides the first sustained study of post-devolution Scottish society. It contains new material on:
* the establishment of the Scottish parliament in 1999
* social and political data from the 1997 general elections
* the new cultural iconography of Scotland
* Scotland as a European society.
For anyone wishing to understand Scottish society in particular or the general issues involved in nation building, McCrone's clear-headed coherently argued account of the main issues will be essential reading.
'The balance of theory, data and analysis is just right … anyone with an interest in the changing social and political contours of late twentieth century Europe should read this book.' - Gordon Marshall, Chief Executive ESRC
1. The Making of Modern Scotland 2. What is Scotland? 3. Understanding Scotland's Development 4. Getting on in Scotland 5. Power and Politics in a Cold Country 6. Scottish Culture: Images and Icons 7. Roots and Routes: Seeking Scottish Identity 8. The Sociology of a Nation.