Scottish exceptionalism? Normative codes of Scottish nationalism in the British and EU crises

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    Scotland has thus far proved immune to the appeal of right-wing populism present in many European neoliberal democracies. This paper argues that changing tension balances in the crises facing the UK as a union state cannot be reduced to an understanding of the supposedly internal challenge of Scottish sub-state nationalism. Instead sub-state nationalism needs to be situated in the shifting long-term, inter-state power balances of Britain as a union state and a rising and falling world power. Such an approach builds on the promise offered by the historical sociology of Norbert Elias to account for the over-functioning of the normative humanist we-ideals of Scottish civic nationalism in the British and EU crises.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)51-66
    Number of pages16
    JournalCambio. Rivista sulle trasformazioni sociali
    Issue number13
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2017


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