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Title: Competitive nationalism: state, class, and the forms of capital in devolved Scotland
Authors: Law, Alex
Mooney, Gerry
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences
Keywords: Scotland
State theory
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Pion
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: This is the author's final version of this article, embargoed until January 2013. Published version (c)Pion, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/c1144r. Law A. and Mooney, G., 2012. The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 30(1), pp.62-77, 2012, DOI: 10.1068/c1144r
Citation: Law, A. and Mooney, G. 2012. Competitive nationalism: state, class, and the forms of capital in devolved Scotland. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. 30(1): pp.62-77. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/c1144r
Abstract: Devolved government in Scotland actively reconstitutes the unequal conditions of social class reproduction. Recognition of state-led class reconstitution draws upon the social theory of Bourdieu. Our analysis of social class in devolved Scotland revisits theories that examine the state as a `power container'. A range of state-enabling powers regulate the legal, economic, social, and cultural containers of class relations as specific forms of what Bourdieu called economic, social, and cultural `capital'. The preconditions of class reproduction are structured in direct ways by the Scottish state as a wealth container but also, more indirectly, as a cultural container and a social container. Competitive nationalism in the devolved Scottish state enacts neoliberal policies as a class- specific worldview but, at the same time, discursively frames society as a panclass national fraternity in terms of distinctive Scottish values of welfare nationalism. Nationalism is able to express this ambiguity in symbolic ways in which the partisan language of social class cannot.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/1224
ISSN: 0263-774X
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