This case study focuses on Geall, a community in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. With an understanding gained from an intimate, long-term relationship with Scotland, things Scottish, and the people of the community the author describes Geall as a human community and places it in the wider cultural, historical, economic, and sociopolitical contexts of maintaining relationships to Scotland, England and Europe. This is the first book to look at a Scottish Highland Community and the first ethnography to utilize the semiotic theory of culture, which views history as an act of cultural creation. The book emphasizes the way symbols are used to interpret elements of the culture such as economy, power, mental illness, and religion, by exploring the significant symbols associated with the state, the mechanisms for integrating community and state, and how people define leaders and social role.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Second Edition.
1. History and the Celt.
2. The Crofting Township.
3. Harris Tweed.
4. The Informal Structure of Leadership, Decision-Making, and Social Order.
6. Kinship, Courtship, and Marriage.
8. Creating Culture in Ciall: The Bottle and the Bible.
9. Stories and Silence.
A Story of Scotland.