'A CREATIVE SCOTLAND?' An investigation into the significance of culture in Scotland's campaign for independence and establishment of a national identity, with focus on Creative Scotland's Corporate Plan 2011-2014.
(2013) 'A CREATIVE SCOTLAND?' An investigation into the significance of culture in Scotland's campaign for independence and establishment of a national identity, with focus on Creative Scotland's Corporate Plan 2011-2014., no. 55.
This study focuses on many aspects of culture and makes active comparisons as to how specifically Scottish culture has changed and been handled since the political takeover of the SNP in 2007, covering issues such as the ever-changing Gaelic arts sphere and the debatable de-centralisation of the British Broadcasting Corporation (henceforth called the BBC). Largely for the first time, the generation of today now feel directly involved in a mass political debate that could decide the future of the nation. Despite 'A Creative Scotland' being one of the Scottish National Party's seven overhanging visions for a better Scotland, other issues are overshadowing the undeniable importance of and foreseeable change in cultural policy should the SNP prove successful in the 2014 referendum. Given that this particular line of investigation is relatively new and unexplored, few solid quantitative details exist. The methodology for this report consists largely of a mix of qualitative and web-based research. Interviews were conducted with industry figures, political officials and academics. The web-based research consists mainly of relevant material from varying newspaper archives, arts journals, blogs, political documents and governmental plans, corporate or otherwise. The conclusions achieved allow the study to evidence the actions of the Scottish National Party, the reactions of the nation generally and the cultural sphere particularly. In this manner, the report concludes that the form and structure of Scottish culture has not changed drastically since 2007 - yet its usage has, considerably, in that it is now a tool of mass economical and political importance to the Scottish National Party preceding the independence referendum.