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Picturing the nation : The Celtic periphery as discursive other in the archaeological displays of the museum of Scotland

journal contribution
posted 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.

History

Journal

Scottish geographical journal

Volume

118

Issue

4

Pagination

283 - 298

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Oxon, England

ISSN

1470-2541

eISSN

1751-665X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2002, Taylor & Francis