Hopkins (2008) Race, nation and politics: the difference that Scotland makes


Hopkins (2008) draws attention to the distinct differences found in Scotland on matters of race and racism and contrasts these with the views held elsewhere in the United Kingdom. In a review of past research, the author firstly outlines the similarities that can be found within both the Scottish and UK contexts prior to highlighting differences that are evident. One of the key differences found is that of diversity. Scotland is home to far less diversity and distribution within the Black and ethnic minority population than England which differs both in population size and composition. Scotland’s brand of civic nationalism also differs from types of nationalism found elsewhere in the UK. This variance is evidenced by Asian electoral support for the Scottish National Party. Most notably, the author makes the point that although immigration is a reserved issue for which Westminster retains responsibility, the distinct differences found within Scotland’s legal, education, health and social work systems may play a key role in how matters of equality and diversity are experienced within Scottish society.

Bibliographic reference:

Hopkins, P. E. (2008) Race, nation and politics: the difference that Scotland makes. In: Dwyer, C. and Bressey, C. (eds) New geographies of race and racism, Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, pp.113-124.







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