This book brings together academics, writers and politicians to explore the range and nature of the media in Scotland. The book includes chapters on the separate histories of the press, broadcasting and cinema, on the representation and construction of Scotland, the contemporary communications environment, and the languages used in the media. Other chapters consider television drama, soap opera, broadcast comedy, gender, the media and politics, race and ethnicity, gender, popular music, sport and new technology, the place of Gaelic, and current issues in screen fiction. The book offers a comprehensive picture of the media in Scotland and is the first to do so. It raises a number of important questions about how Scotland presents itself at home and abroad as well as analyzing questions of politics, economics and governance. Among the contributors are David Bruce, Myra Macdonald, Brian McNair, Hugh O'Donnell, Mike Russell, Philip Schlesinger and Brian Wilson.
Neil Blain is Professor of Media and Culture and Head of Department of Film & Media Studies at the University of Stirling. David Hutchison is Research Fellow in Media Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Introduction FRAMING THE DISCUSSION 1 Neil Blain and Kathryn Burnett: An unwon cause: the struggle to represent Scotland 2 John Corbett: Scots, English and Community languages in the media 3 Philip Schlesinger: Communications policy THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT 4 David Hutchison: The history of the press 5 David Bruce: The history of film and cinema 6 Maggie Sweeney: Broadcasting: from birth to devolution and beyond SCREEN AND SOUND 7 John R. Cook: Three ring circus: television drama and for Scotland 8 Hugh O'Donnell: 'Nae bevvying, nae skiving': language and community in the Scottish soap opera 9 Ian Mowatt: Broadcast comedy 10 Sarah Neely: Contemporary Scottish cinema 11 Ken Garner: Radio and popular music THEMES AND FUTURES 12 Jane Sillars and Myra Macdonald: Gender, spaces, changes: emergent identities in a Scotland in transition 13 Anthea Irwin: Race and ethnicity in the media 14 Mike Cormack: Gaelic, the media and Scotland 15 Brian McNair: The Scottish media and politics 16 Brian Wilson: A view from Westminster 17 Michael Russell: A view from Holyrood 18 Richard Haynes and Raymond Boyle: Media sport Select Bibliography Notes on Contributors