The Problem of the Kilt: Ethnicity and Masculinity in Politics of Power

Lay Summary 

Extending scholarship that links tartanism with politics the researchers suggest that the kilt marks not only Scottishness, but also other identities. Kilts may symbolically connect a man to power structures, such as Scottish military culture, or indicate an alternative identity, such as stereotypical “crazy Scotsman” or nonconformist protester. In this paper the researcher examined the intersections of ethnicity and gender contained in a complex of irreverent humour about male kilt wearers to explore how these representations offer humorous, but definite, challenges to authority. The paper was based on library research and fieldwork on the City of St. John's Pipe Band.

Presentation given at a joint meeting of the American Folklore Society and the Folklore Studies Association of Canada, 2007

St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
United Kingdom
Industry Sectors 
Heritage Institutions
Scientific Research and Development Services
Start date 
1 Jan 2007