By Tom Devine, Paddy Logue
The query 'who are we?' keeps to perplex many Scots this present day. The a hundred brief essays during this booklet aid to extend the talk and supply at the very least the various solutions. they give a chance to penetrate at the back of the statistical surveys and discover the wealthy complexity of fixing id from a various diversity of opinion.The assortment comprises the perspectives of individuals on the centre of items in addition to these on the margins of society, the well-known in addition to the now not so popular, the authoritative and mainstream in addition to the idiosyncratic. It additionally includes a few perspectives 'from the outside', from North the United States, Europe and elsewhere.It examines the idea that and adventure of being Scottish at the present in background and assesses its relevance, strengths, merits and weaknesses. It seeks to find no matter if there's a specific anything which makes the Scottish distinct and instantly recognisable and, if that is so, makes an attempt to explain it. in brief it's a picture of Scottish id or, as turns out to the case
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My mother hated the accordion. She especially hated Jimmy Shand. Once every few months, when she went off for a day’s shopping, my father would get out his old Beltona brand 78s and play them loudly. He sang and hummed along to ‘The Muckin o’Geordie’s Byre’, ‘My Big Kilmarnock Bonnet’, and ‘The Duke of Perth’. I was much too intent on being precociously cool to be bothered with that old nonsense. I listened to Chicago blues and be-bop jazz. But I shared her dislike of the accordion. It makes too much noise.
This is us. This is who we are. This is our choice.
The decline of religion has weakened the identities that divided the Irish, the Highlanders and the Lowlanders. Improved communication has brought the disparate parts of Scotland closer together, but it has also brought us all into a global American culture, an international politics, and a worldwide trade system. My farming neighbours are from England; my friends work for US oil companies. I cannot conceive of these people as an ethnic group or suppose that the world would be improved if we tried to create a homogenous ethnicity by driving out the incomers and the traitors.