The trouble with sectarianism

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    This chapter attempts to situate the moral panic around sectarianism in Scotland in wider relations of social power. Sectarianism valorizes symbolic distinction and separation as prohibitions against social and ideological promiscuity and contamination between established and outsider groups (Weber, 1946). Sectarianism in this sense has been eroded by widening circles of identification in Scotland. Sectarianism today takes the form of a civilising offensive mobilised by the legitimate sources of symbolic nomination to regulate and discipline outsiders defined by a chronic maladaptation to the civilising canopy of the national habitus in Scotland.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNo problem here
    Subtitle of host publicationunderstanding racism in Scotland
    EditorsNeil Davidson, Minna Liinpaa, Maureen McBride, Satnam Virdee
    Place of PublicationEdinburgh
    PublisherLuath Press
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Electronic)9781912387175
    ISBN (Print)9781912147304
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2018


    • Ressentiment
    • National habitus
    • Sectarianism
    • Moral indignation
    • Disinterested punishment
    • Civilizing offensive


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