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Entrenchment of unionist nationalism: devolution and the discourse of national identity in Scotland

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Over 10 years have passed since the current phase of devolution in the United Kingdom started and the article investigates its effects on Scottish political discourse on national identity focusing on the unionist version. Based on an analysis of recent political utterances in Scotland, the article argues that the current devolution settlement has revived and entrenched unionist nationalism in the Scottish political discourse. It also shows that one of the effects of devolution on the debate on national identity is a clearer sign of increasing contestation of Britishness, and suggests that devolution is a double-edge sword in management of multiple national identities.

Keywords: Scottish nationalism; devolution; discourse; national identity; unionism

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,Kingston University, Kingston-upon-ThamesSurrey, UK

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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