Scotland and Islandness: Explorations in Community, Economy and Culture

Kathryn A. Burnett* (Editor), Ray Burnett (Editor), Mike Danson

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Scotland's islands are diverse, resourceful and singularly iconic in national and global imaginations of places apart yet readily reached. This collection of essays offers a fascinating commentary on Scotland's island communities that celebrates their histories, cultures and economies in general terms. Recognising a complex geography of distinct regions and island spaces, the collection speaks to broader themes of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, narratives of place and people, the ideas and policies of island and regional distinctiveness, as well as particular examinations of literature, language, migration, land reform, and industry. With a view to placing ideas and expressions of islandness within a lived reality of island life and scholarship, the collection provides a multidisciplinary perspective on the value of continued and expanding research commentaries on Scotland's islands for both a Scottish and an international readership. This book should instantly appeal to scholars of Island Studies, Scottish Studies, and Regional Studies of northern and peripheral Europe. Readers with particular interests in the sociology and history of Scottish rural and northern Atlantic communities, the cultural histories and economies of remote and island places, and the pressing socioeconomic agenda of small island sustainability, community building and resilience should also find the collection offers current commentaries on these broad themes illustrated with local island examples and contingencies.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages260
ISBN (Electronic)9781789974126
ISBN (Print)9781789973778
Publication statusPublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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