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Transatlantic Scots is a multidisciplinary collection that studies the regional organization and varied expressions of the Scottish Heritage movement in the Canadian Maritimes, the Great Lakes, New England, and the American South. From diverse perspectives, authorities in their fields consider the modeling of a Scottish identity that distances heritage celebrants from prevalent visions of whiteness. Considering both hyphenated Scots who celebrate centuries-old transmission of Scottish traditions and those for whom claiming or re-claiming a Scottish identity is recent and voluntary, this book also examines how diaspora themes and Highland imagery repeatedly surface in regional public celebrations and how traditions are continually reinvented through the accumulation of myths. The underlying theoretical message is that ethnicity and heritage survive because of the flexibility of history and tradition.  

"A first-generation study of this key phenomenon.  Its innovative and contemporary analysis fills a gaping hole within the broad core continuum of circum-Atlantic ethnicity and makes a major contribution to the study of transnational heritage and cultural memory. Words like vigorous, rare, and convergent describe this book."--Martha Ward, University of New Orleans

"Transatlantic Scots is a sophisticated theoretical treatment written in a lively and readable style. . . . This is a terrific collection."--Sydel Silverman, City University of New York

Celeste Ray is Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. She is the author of Highland Heritage: Scottish Americans in the American South and editor of Southern Heritage on Display: Public Ritual and Ethnic Diversity within Southern Regionalism. James Hunter, a freelance writer and historian, is the author of several books, including Culloden and the Last Clansmen.

With Contributions By: Paul Basu, Margaret Bennett, Edward J. Cowan, Jonathan Dembling, Andrew Hook, Grant Jarvie, Colin McArthur, John W. Sheets, Michael Vance
 

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Examines the impact of the Scottish legacy on North American cultures and heritage.

Synopsis:

Examines the impact of the Scottish legacy on North American cultures and heritage.

During the past four decades, growing interest in North Americans' cultural and ancestral ties to Scotland has produced hundreds of new Scottish clan and heritage societies.  Well over 300 Scottish Highland games and gatherings annually take place across the U.S. and Canada. 

Transatlantic Scots is a multidisciplinary collection that studies the regional organization and varied expressions of the Scottish Heritage movement in the Canadian Maritimes, the Great Lakes, New England, and the American South. From diverse perspectives, authorities in their fields consider the modeling of a Scottish identity that distances heritage celebrants from prevalent visions of whiteness. Considering both hyphenated Scots who celebrate centuries-old transmission of Scottish traditions and those for whom claiming or re-claiming a Scottish identity is recent and voluntary, this book also examines how diaspora themes and Highland imagery repeatedly surface in regional public celebrations and how traditions are continually reinvented through the accumulation of myths. The underlying theoretical message is that ethnicity and heritage survive because of the flexibility of history and tradition. 

This work is a lasting contribution to the study of ethnicity and identity, the renegotiation of history and cultural memory into heritage, and the public performance and creation of tradition.

 

About the Author

Celeste Ray is Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. She is the author of Highland Heritage: Scottish Americans in the American South and editor of Southern Heritage on Display: Public Ritual and Ethnic Diversity within Southern Regionalism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817352400
Editor:
Ray, Celeste
Manufactured:
University of Alabama Press
Manufactured:
University of Alabama Press
Foreword by:
Hunter, James
Foreword:
Hunter, James
Editor:
Ray, Celeste
Contribution by:
Bennett, Margaret
Contribution:
Bennett, Margaret
Author:
Hunter, James
Author:
Ray, Celeste
Author:
Hook, Andrew
Author:
Jarvie, Grant
Author:
Bennett, Margaret
Author:
Basu, Paul
Author:
McArthur, Colin
Author:
Vance, Michael
Author:
Cowan, Edward J.
Author:
Sheets, John W.
Author:
Dembling, Jonathan
Publisher:
University Alabama Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Transnationalism
Subject:
North America Ethnic relations.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus.
Pages:
382
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Examines the impact of the Scottish legacy on North American cultures and heritage.

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Examines the impact of the Scottish legacy on North American cultures and heritage.

During the past four decades, growing interest in North Americans' cultural and ancestral ties to Scotland has produced hundreds of new Scottish clan and heritage societies.  Well over 300 Scottish Highland games and gatherings annually take place across the U.S. and Canada. 

Transatlantic Scots is a multidisciplinary collection that studies the regional organization and varied expressions of the Scottish Heritage movement in the Canadian Maritimes, the Great Lakes, New England, and the American South. From diverse perspectives, authorities in their fields consider the modeling of a Scottish identity that distances heritage celebrants from prevalent visions of whiteness. Considering both hyphenated Scots who celebrate centuries-old transmission of Scottish traditions and those for whom claiming or re-claiming a Scottish identity is recent and voluntary, this book also examines how diaspora themes and Highland imagery repeatedly surface in regional public celebrations and how traditions are continually reinvented through the accumulation of myths. The underlying theoretical message is that ethnicity and heritage survive because of the flexibility of history and tradition. 

This work is a lasting contribution to the study of ethnicity and identity, the renegotiation of history and cultural memory into heritage, and the public performance and creation of tradition.

 

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