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Title: Cultural symbols and landowners’ power: the practice of managing Scotland’s natural resource
Authors: Samuel, Andy M. M.
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Culture
Heritage
Land
Landownership
Scotland
Symbols
Issue Date: Nov-2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)2000 BSA Publications Ltd, published online by Cambridge University Press at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?aid=60819
Citation: Samuel, A.M.M. 2000. Cultural symbols and landowners’ power: the practice of managing Scotland’s natural resource. Sociology. 34(4). pp.691-706. Available at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?aid=60819
Abstract: This article deals with the claim that Scottish landowners' power is directly related to their status in law, by arguing that it is, in fact, much more to do with their (inter)relationship with particular cultural symbols that can be associated with the land. However, this presents a sociological problem, for the dominant sociological purchase on land is one which routinely interprets it as a social construction. The paper presented here differs, as it focuses on particular cultural symbols which have a socio-historical resonance in relation to land, and makes the argument that they maintain this presence because of their (inter)connection with particular social groupings, notably landowners. Therefore, it is simply not enough to identify landowners' status in law as the root cause of their power, but instead it should be seen as only one facet of it. I conclude by suggesting that just as important is the way in which landowners have appropriated cultural interpretations of the land to forefront their powers.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/270
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