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.

Sports arena crowd

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

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.

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