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Caledonian Dreaming: The Quest for a Different Scotland (Open Scotland) [Kindle Edition]

Gerry Hassan
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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

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

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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.

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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1701 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Luath Press (5 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JFVQTSW
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Get this book. It's a very important contribution to anyone who is seriously thinking about the referendum on whether or not Scotland should be an independent state.

Gerry puts this event in the context of British and Scottish political history without getting too jargony or overly academic.

It take the so called debate away from the slanging matches, the simplistic binary arguments, or the two different 'accountancy versions' of Scotland

As well as challenging the British state, he also critiques the myths we scots tell ourselves. For example on education. We may have no student fees, but we still have appalling educational inequality - and we have had responsibility for this since the 1800's!

This is a non partisan book that will upset elements of both the NO camp and the YES camp!
Even tho his critique hits the target, it is a hopeful book - his opening chapter speaks of the difference between hope and optimism - hope being much deeper. And he ends with ideas for a future Scotland crowdsourced from policy makers called 'how to make a new democracy'

No matter what the outcome in September, I want to be part of the group that seeks to capitalise on the positive energy generated by this event and help play my part in making a new democracy in Scotland. Gerry's book is an important contribution to this possibility.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book 1 Jun 2014
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Great book. If you are interested in Scotland and the referendum then this is a good book to read. Highly recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all interested in UK politics 7 May 2014
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This is a really important book. For anyone interested in gaining a real understanding of the dynamics behind the political developments in Scotland in the past generation and more, this is a rich and well-researched resource. The book challenges orthodoxies and received wisdom across the political spectrum, calling to account those on the left and the right who seem locked into old paradigms. More than this, though, Hassan presents a challenge to our thinking about democracy and poses questions which go to the heart of modern politics. A book for our time by one of the most thoughtful writers of our time.
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Gerry Hassan gets beyond the myopic fights for political power and exposes the limitations of that old way of doing politics. He shows how every opportunity for change - has potential to be an opportunity for visionary change or populist regression. Ultimately though he shines a light on Scotland's potential . If you want to fully understand what that is and what has to be overcome in order to move towards it read this excellent book.
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