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“Reflecting on the history of Scotland’s mosaic of islands, there is a striking significance in the contribution these islands and their diverse communities have made to the cultural, political and social history of Scotland. Each period of their multi-layered past brings out strands of this elusive notion of ‘islandness’ as a prism through which a shifting but powerful sense of place and identity expresses itself at the local and the national level.
Scotland’s contribution to the broader global imagination of ‘islandness’ is extensively celebrated, reflected and critiqued across the arts and cultural economies of islands where the interface of place and people is an intimate ecology of knowledge and discovery. Facing the challenges of the 21st century, Scotland’s island communities are to the fore in the development of projects and policy promoting sustainable and transformative practice in regard of community ecologies and assets, not least in addressing the urgency of the threat of climate change, and the cataclysmic implications for the world’s small island communities more widely.”
Editorial team: Kathryn A. Burnett, Ray Burnett and Michael Danson
“This remarkable volume focuses on Scotland’s inhabited islands. Experienced editors and contributors explore very timely issues for small island communities, such as the role of cultural capital or strategies for future sustainability. As well as the inter relationship between the islands and the mainland, the volume is outward-looking, taking account of Nordic and Atlantic neighbours. The framing of islandness that occurs in this volume is highly significant as there is strong emphasis on new ways of seeing and imagining islands and island communities. This fascinating interdisciplinary volume is highly relevant for government bodies, academics, island communities, policymakers and practitioners.”
Prof. Máiréad Nic Craith MRIA, Chair of Cultural Heritage and Anthropological Studies Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh