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Caledonian Dreaming

The Quest for a Different Scotland

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An intelligent, brave and much needed contribution to the debate ELAINE C SMITH

A brilliant book unpacking the political narratives that have shaped modern Scotland STEPHEN DUNCOMBE

A remarkable book – balanced and brave, insightful and incisive SUE PALMER

A different Scotland is possible.

Caledonian Dreaming: The Quest for a Different Scotland offers a penetrating and original way forward for Scotland beyond the current independence debate. It identifies the myths of modern Scotland, describes what they say and why they need to be seen as myths.

Hassan argues that Scotland is already changing, as traditional institutions and power decline and new forces emerge. He outlines a prospectus for Scotland to become more democratic and to embrace radical and far-reaching change.

Hassan drills down to deeper reasons why the many dysfunctions of British democracy could dog an independent Scotland too. With a non-partisan but beady eye on society both sides of the border, in this clever book here are tougher questions to consider than a mere Yes/NoPOLLY TOYNBEE, writer and journalist, The Guardian

A brilliant book unpacking the political narratives that have shaped modern Scotland in order to create a space to imagine anew. A book about Scotland important to anyone, anywhere, dreaming a new world. STEPHEN DUNCOMBE, author

There could be no better harbinger of […] possibilities than this bracing, searching, discomfiting and ultimately exhilarating book. FINTAN O'TOOLE
Title Caledonian Dreaming
Subtitle The Quest for a Different Scotland
Author Gerry Hassan
ISBN 9781910021323
eISBN 9781910324011
Binding Paperback
Author Bio GERRY HASSAN is a writer, commentator and Research Fellow at the University of the West of Scotland. He has written, edited and published numerous books on Scottish and British politics, ideas, policy, social change and futures thinking, leading the Demos Scotland 2020 and Glasgow 2020 projects. His books include After Independence, The Strange Death of Labour Scotland, Radical Scotland: Arguments for Self-Determination, The SNP: From Protest to Power and After Blair: Politics after the New Labour Decade. He regularly writes and appears in Scottish, UK and international media, and his writing can be found at www.gerryhassan.com
Back Cover Text A different Scotland is possible.

Caledonian Dreaming: The Quest for a Different Scotland offers a penetrating and original way forward for Scotland beyond the current independence debate. It identifies the myths of modern Scotland, describes what they say and why they need to be seen as myths.

Hassan argues that Scotland is already changing, as traditional institutions and power decline and new forces emerge. He outlines a prospectus for Scotland to become more democratic and to embrace radical and far-reaching change.

Hassan drills down to deeper reasons why the many dysfunctions of British democracy could dog an independent Scotland too. With a non-partisan but beady eye on society both sides of the border, in this clever book here are tougher questions to consider than a mere Yes/NoPOLLY TOYNBEE, writer and journalist, The Guardian

A brilliant book unpacking the political narratives that have shaped modern Scotland in order to create a space to imagine anew. A book about Scotland important to anyone, anywhere, dreaming a new world. STEPHEN DUNCOMBE, author

There could be no better harbinger of […] possibilities than this bracing, searching, discomfiting and ultimately exhilarating book. FINTAN O'TOOLE
Reviews An intelligent, brave and much needed contribution to the debate around the referendum in Scotland. This, along with other great contributions, like Lesley Riddoch’s Blossom, are hugely important to the general discourse and much needed research into the country we have been, the country we now are and the country we could become. ELAINE C. SMITH, actress and campaigner

This is a remarkable book – balanced and brave, insightful and incisive,intelligently blending the personal and the political. Whatever the referendum result, if Scotland really wants to be ‘the best place in the world to grow up’, Gerry Hassan’s suggestions for ‘a new democracy’ would be an excellent starting point. SUE PALMER, author, Toxic Childhood

Gerry Hassan sets out to challenge the lazy presumptions that are around about Scotland and its future. He invites the reader to think and think again. STUART COSGROVE, broadcaster

Understanding that the old stories we tell ourselves influence the new stories we go on to write, Gerry Hassan has crafted a brilliant book unpacking the political narratives that have shaped modern Scotland in order to create a space to imagine anew. A book about Scotland important to anyone, anywhere, dreaming a new world. STEPHEN DUNCOMBE, author, Dream: Re-imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy

The independence referendum changes what is possible regardless of its outcome. It forces people in Scotland to confront far more directly the nature of their country rather than continue to accept the myths that build up when there is no option to go it alone. In Caledonia Dreaming Gerry Hassan skillfully traverses these key myths to show that, if Scotland were to gain independence, it would have to confront internal realities that were hidden when Westminster could be blamed for so much. If the Scots prove the bookies wrong, if events over the summer of 2014 turn so that independence is achieved, then this book demonstrates that the new Scotland will be further from many possible idealised European utopias than many nationalists had ever imagined. It is a key contribution to the debate no matter where you stand. DANNY DORLING, author, Injustice: Why Social Justice Persists, Professor of Human Geography, Oxford University

With one bound Scotland could be free! How tempting that looks to the progressive-minded on both sides of the border. If only it were that easy. Gerry Hassan drills down to deeper reasons why the many dysfunctions of British democracy could dog an independent Scotland too. With a non-partisan but beady eye on society both sides of the border, in this clever book here are tougher questions to consider than a mere Yes/No. POLLY TOYNBEE, writer and journalist, The Guardian
Table of Contents Luve Poem Acknowledgements The Art of Growing Up: A Foreword Fintan O’Toole CHAPTER ONE Scotland is Changing: A Nation in Transition CHAPTER TWO The Six Myths of Modern Scotland CHAPTER THREE The Personal is Political CHAPTER FOUR The Global Kingdom: Britain after the Bubble CHAPTER FIVE Back in the Old Country: The Power of the Past CHAPTER SIX Scotland is not a Democracy CHAPTER SEVEN The Rise and Fall of ‘Civic Scotland’ CHAPTER EIGHT The Stories of Radical Scotland CHAPTER NINE A Different Kind of Politics is Possible: The Left, Laughter and Imagination CHAPTER TEN Now That’s What I Call the Eighties: Scotland and Thatcherism CHAPTER ELEVEN The Sounds of Silence: Thatcher, Blair and Understanding the Past CHAPTER TWELVE What went wrong with Professional Scotland? CHAPTER THIRTEEN The Emergence of ‘the Third Scotland’: Values, Voice and Vessels CHAPTER FOURTEEN A Scotland Beyond Labels and ‘the Official Story’ CHAPTER FIFTEEN The Change We Can Become and the Power of Dreams CHAPTER SIXTEEN The Limits of Politics and the Potential of Scotland International Afterword: How to Make a New Democracy Appendix: Some More Detailed Thoughts and Suggestions Bibliography Index
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