31 May 2017

How did the indyref shape thinking on social justice in Scotland?

SaltireSCCJR researchers at the University of Stirling have been exploring the impact of the 2014 independence referendum on civic participation, and what this means for conceptualisations of justice.

Margaret Malloch, Bill Munro and Ashley Rogers set out to examine the extent to which a reinvigorated public sphere had emerged, and exerted influence on concepts of social justice and active citizenship in Scotland.

As well as mapping the broader political and social context of the referendum, the team carried out qualitative interviews with representatives from civil society organisations as well as grassroots activists. Most of these participants believed the referendum had indeed heralded a different civic climate.

In their research report, Justice, Civic Engagement and the Public Sphere: Mapping Democratic Transformations in Scottish Society, the authors conclude: “Certainly, there appeared to be the opening of a space in which to consider and reconsider notions of justice based on the reimagining of a different Scotland. For many, the increased political participation was seen as a chance to recreate society, dismantle or redraw boundaries; make politics more relevant and connected to notions of justice in the minds of citizens.”

Read the full research report here.