Key Points

By the end of the chapter you should be able to:

  • provide the conceptual tools for understanding Scotland sociologically.
  • show how the concept ‘society’, and in particular ‘civil society’, is useful in understanding Scotland.
  • examine the historical and philosophical roots of this approach in the Scottish Enlightenment.
  • show how social institutions contribute to ‘being Scottish’.
  • extend the understanding of the term ‘society’ by analysing Scotland sociologically.