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"I'm not a nationalist but"...: On mobilisation and identity formation of the Scottish independence movement
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examines the mobilisation and identity formation of the Scottish independence movement post-referendum. By analysing arguments, emotions and actions in support for independence, I aim to discuss how the movement make use of cultural perspectives on history for continuous mobilisation. The study focuses on the members of the umbrella organisation of Yes Scotland, which is a diverse network of activist and party-political groups. To understand the movement, I have made use of a political and active approach such as participating in meetings and at demonstrations. Importantly, while I acknowledge how the Scottish independence movement navigates within a discourse of nationalism because of its nationalist character, I argue that the movement mainly make use of an alternative ideology. This ideology is tied to historical narratives which are remade in present forms and take several expressions. For instance, I claim that this ideology generates the practice of international solidarity as well as a specific identity which is constructed and reproduced for one specific political project: to achieve Scottish independence. This thesis is a contribution to the study of social movements, as well as it provides understanding of reasoning beyond and within nationalism.

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2018. , p. 75
Keywords [en]
nationalism, identity, Scottish independence movement, historicity, social movements, solidarity
Keywords [sv]
sociala rörelser, nationalism, identitet, skottska självständighetsrörelsen
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Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157584OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-157584DiVA, id: diva2:1222844
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Available from: 2018-06-26 Created: 2018-06-23 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved

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