All features (culture and identity)

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Scotland puzzle

Towards independence?

Dr Nicola McEwen, Associate Director of the ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change, analyses the Scottish Government's White Paper Scotland's Future, which builds the case for an independent Scotland around the themes of democracy, fairness, and economic prosperity.

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Crowded in, blissed out

ESRC-funded research shows that people in a crowd can have a sense of shared identity with others, align their goals, transcend everyday concerns, and experience intensely positive feelings and an enhanced sense of well-being.

Caravan site

No place to go

Research has found that one of the key barriers to resolving site planning for Gypsies and Travellers is the creation of conflict through political and media discussion.


Celebrity aspiration

Young people's talk about celebrities serves important social functions - making sense of the massive inequality and replacing envy with pleasure in being 'ordinary', shows research.

Choice road sign

Questions of independence

Today we’re one year away from the referendum on Scottish independence, and the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps are drawing up the battle lines. But in the great debate some issues are less discussed than others.


The 'Britishness' of Gibraltar

Gibraltarians' sense of Britishness had changed profoundly, and are now at least as likely to celebrate a specifically Gibraltarian identity as a British one. New ESRC-funded research will be exploring the ethnic identity of the people of Gibraltar.


Funding boost for groundbreaking Gaelic dictionary

The Faclair na Gàidhlig (Dictionary of the Scottish Gaelic Language) which is part-funded by the ESRC, has now been given a boost by a £2 million funding package from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). The dictionary will fully document the history of the Gaelic language from 1100 onwards.


Zimbabwe land reforms: myths and surprises

A study supported by the ESRC and the Department for International Development presents some surprising results of the controversial Zimbabwean land reform - and challenges five particular myths.

Muslim woman

Muslim communities successfully integrating

Muslim ethnic minority communities have been integrating into British and German cities for some time, according to research presented at the NORFACE Migration Conference at University College London this week.

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