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Bonfire Night and Burns Night: Using the Imitation Game to research English and Scottish identities

Collins, Harold ORCID:, Evans, Robert ORCID:, Hall, Martin, O'Mahoney, Hannah and Weinel, Martin 2019. Bonfire Night and Burns Night: Using the Imitation Game to research English and Scottish identities. Caudill, David S., Conley, Shannon N., Gorman, Michael E. and Weinel, Martin, eds. The Third Wave in Science and Technology Studies: Future Research Directions on Expertise and Experience, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 109-131. (10.1007/978-3-030-14335-0_7)

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This chapter uses the Imitation Game to explore Scottish and English identities in the wake of the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum. The two hypotheses—(a) Scottish people would have a stronger sense of national identity than English people, and (b) it would be harder for English people to pretend to be Scottish than vice versa—were based on the idea that Scots are more reflexively aware of their distinct identity. The quantitative data confirmed both hypotheses whilst the qualitative data gives an insight into the way Englishness functions as a hegemonic identity within the United Kingdom. The chapter concludes by highlighting the opportunities for longitudinal research using the Imitation Game method.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Centre for the Study of Knowledge Expertise and Science (KES)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9783030143343
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 02:18

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