Highland Games

Highland Games : The Making of the Myth

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This is an attempt to put the Scottish Highland Games into a sociological, historical and cultural context. Often dismissed as just an eccentric summer spectacle, the Games are shown to have played an important role in Scottish history, and their significance in the past reveals a great deal about modern Scottish culture. The author examines the folk origins of the Highland Games and asks why their popularity exploded after 1840. The problems facing modern Highland Gatherings and the relationships between the Gatherings and other social groups such as the clans, absentee landlords and emigre societies are all described in full. The social history of the sport is then firmly related to Scottish dependency, cultural identity and social development. This is a valuable sociological study of the role of sport in the shaping of a cultural identity.show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.33g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • index, appendix
  • 0748602445
  • 9780748602445

Table of contents

Introduction; sport, dependancy and the Scottish Highland Gatherings; the folk origins of the modern Highland Gatherings; cultural transformation and emigration; the sporting landlords; problems of modernity; urban politics, sporting landlords and the selection of tradition.show more

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