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Picturing the nation : The Celtic periphery as discursive other in the archaeological displays of the museum of Scotland
journal contributionposted on 01.01.2002, 00:00 authored by Steven CookeSteven Cooke, F McLean
Using the archaeological displays at the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, this paper examines the exhibition as a site of identity creation through the negotiations between categories of same and Other. Through an analysis of the poetics of display, the paper argues that the exhibition constructs a particular relationship between the Celtic Fringe and Scottish National identity that draws upon the historical discourses of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland as a place and a time 'apart'. This will be shown to have implications for the display of archaeological material in museums but also for contemporary understandings of Scottish National identity.