Place apart: Scotland's north as a cultural industry of margins

Kathryn Burnett*

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This chapter explores artistic imagining of Scotland’s highlands and islands as a place both ‘north’ and ‘on the margin’. Cultural representation of Scotland’s highlands and islands and processes of communicating these representations are subject to ongoing interrogation and debate. What and how remote communities, cultures and places are represented through art is undoubtedly informed by debates on survival, sustainability and responses to marginal status. The account presented here examines some of these themes from a Scottish perspective, including how art informs cultural production and creative economies in and of Scotland’s remote communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRelate North
Subtitle of host publicationCulture, Community and Communication
EditorsTimo Jokela, Glen Coutts
Place of PublicationRovaniemi
PublisherLapland University Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-310-957-5
ISBN (Print)978-952-310-959-9
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2017


  • Place
  • Representation
  • Scotland
  • identity
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Art
  • intangible heritage
  • Community
  • Islands
  • remote and rural areas
  • Hebrides
  • coastal
  • Media
  • Narratives
  • Landscape
  • North
  • Atlantic
  • Periphery
  • Margins
  • Arts and Cultural policy
  • Art Practice
  • highlands and islands
  • Gaelic Culture

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  • Activities

    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Invited talk

    “Enterprising Culture” Entrepreneurship, Endorsement and Engagement of Minority Language in Europe’s Remote Rural and Small Island Communities.

    Kathryn Burnett (Organiser), Kathryn Burnett (Speaker), Mike Danson (Invited speaker) & Bernadette O’Rourke (Invited speaker)

    22 Feb 201724 Feb 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Island places: Complexity and Complicity of Margin

    Kathryn Burnett (Invited speaker)

    Jun 2014

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Research Output

    “Shut up for five years”: locating narratives of cultural workers in Scotland's islands

    Burnett, K. A. & Stalker, L. H., 1 Apr 2018, In : Sociologia Ruralis. 58, 2, p. 239-257

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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    Crofting, craft and the place-making praxis of a Hebridean island design enterprise

    Burnett, K., 10 Nov 2017.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship on islands and remote rural environments

    Burnett, K. & Danson, M., 1 Feb 2017, In : International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 18, 1, p. 25-35

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 11 Citations (Scopus)
    170 Downloads (Pure)

    Cite this

    Burnett, K. (2017). Place apart: Scotland's north as a cultural industry of margins. In T. Jokela, & G. Coutts (Eds.), Relate North: Culture, Community and Communication (pp. 60-83). Lapland University Press.