In Reaction to an Ideological Other: Why Secessionism in Scotland is Left Wing

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Title: In Reaction to an Ideological Other: Why Secessionism in Scotland is Left Wing
Authors: Sotiriu, Sabrina Elena
Date: 2012
Abstract: Secessionist movements have been found historically on both sides of the political spectrum, and sometimes have tried to remain apolitical completely, but because of the rise of partisan politics, secessionism has inevitably become politicized. Variations in Western European secessionism can be noticed, and as such, explanations put forward may be deemed insufficient, or incomplete. In my thesis I tested the hypothesis that secessionism varied on the political spectrum because it has been consolidated against ideological Others (in Scotland against Thatcher’s Conservatives between 1974 and 1990). I tested this methodologically through process tracing and theoretically by looking at the consolidation of the Scottish National Party through reactive nationalism. Specifically I analyzed the nationalist discourse used to justify ideological positioning in the 1970s and 1980s in propaganda materials and archival documents, and if and how this ideological choice was reflected or interpreted in newspapers (for opinions on how this consolidation was perceived by the electorate).
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/23166
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-5924
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