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The Scottish Independence Referendum and the Myth of Successful Small States
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2016 (English)In: Linguistics and the human sciences, ISSN 1742-2906, E-ISSN 1743-1662, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 47-66Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2013 the Scottish government launched its flagship publication, Scotland’s Future, intended to mobilize the electorate to vote for independence. A particularly salient feature of this document is the large number of references to small northern European countries. Combining theories of cognitive linguistics with a discursive approach to political myth, this article argues that Scotland’s Future employs the political myth of national rebirth in tandem with the construction of small European countries as democratic role models. This results in a mythical conception of small states, here referred to as the myth of successful small states. This myth is then used to legitimate the Scottish government’s policies that are conveyed to the Scottish  lectorate.

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Equinox Publishing, 2016. Vol. 12, no 1, p. 47-66
Keywords [en]
National identity, nationalism, political myth, Scottish National Party
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80269DOI: 10.1558/lhs.31460ISI: 000456527700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-80269DiVA, id: diva2:1286478
Available from: 2019-02-07 Created: 2019-02-07 Last updated: 2019-05-27Bibliographically approved

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