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Re-imagining Healthcare and Medical Research Systems in Post Devolution Scotland

Mittra, James; Mastroeni, Michele; Haddow, Gill; Wield, David and Barlow, Elisabeth (2019). Re-imagining Healthcare and Medical Research Systems in Post Devolution Scotland. Sociological Research Online, 24(1) pp. 55–72.

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We use the concept of ‘imagined communities’, and related work on socio-technical imaginaries and expectations, to reflect on how Scotland is represented simultaneously as ‘sick and unhealthy’ and a ‘living lab’ due to its innovative medical research. Together, we suggest these narratives have driven a broader health and wealth agenda in post-devolution Scotland, which became salient during the 2014 Independence Referendum. We draw on research conducted during the Independence referendum to consider how key stakeholders enacted imagined communities/identities (sick but also innovative) as they considered the historical impact of devolution on health and research systems, and envisioned future independence. The Referendum provided an opportunity to consider how Scottish health and research systems have been imagined over time. Our findings further understanding of the impact of devolution on healthcare and medical research, revealing the role played by policy narratives rooted in imagined identities.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 The Authors
ISSN: 1360-7804
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics.RES-145-28-0002ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: Scottish Devolution; Imagined Community; Health Policy; Referendum Debate; Medical Research
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences (Innogen)
Item ID: 58531
Depositing User: David Wield
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2019 09:48
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2020 12:59
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