Who’s like us? Scotland as a site of memory
in Warrior dreams
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The Scots of Europe approach Scotland as a site of memory. This chapter examines the reasons for the Scottish dreamscape's striking resonance in Northern and Western Europe. It argues that the Scotland of popular imagination is 'charged' with four recurring themes, and that these themes may have a particular resonance in Northern and Western Europe at the beginning of the twenty-first century. These themes are tradition, resistance, victimhood, and masculinity. The Scots are appropriated as ersatz ancestors. The Scots of Europe create elaborate mythologies of kinship by which they turn the Scots into relatives. According to the well-rehearsed narratives of the Scottish dreamscape, the Scots are rebels: wild folk and tribal people. Their world has not been disenchanted by science and secularism. It has been argued (both by men and women) that if anyone has had a rough time since 1970 it has been the white male.

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