Identity
Struggles with personhood, nationhood and professional virtue
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This chapter examines aspects of Scottish and other identities as they came into play in the author's fieldwork, highlighting the different ways Scottishness, as a diverse social category, gets attached both to organisations (BoS) and to selves. 'Scottishness' was seen as a trait not just of most of the staff but of the organisation itself. The organisation is professional, but staff participate in this value as professionals. Professional is more than a descriptor: it is a kind of virtue, an indication of character. The 'official' representation of BoS's Scottish identity pre-merger was perhaps best exemplified by the Bank's tercentenary celebrations, which ran through the year in 1995, and were a major event in the life of the Bank. There was widespread acknowledgement that the banking sector as a whole was becoming more competitive, over customers and returns to share-holders, and that this was driving the recent wave of mergers.

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