Contesting land, creating community, in the Highlands and Islands, Scotland

A F D Mackenzie, J MacAskill, G Munro, E Seki

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This paper draws on research in four communities in the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, to explore how the notion of community and community identity are re-worked in the political spaces created as communities claim collective rights to land. In the cases of the Assynt Crofters' Trust, the Bhaltos Community Trust, and Laid, this has concerned land under crofting tenure; in the case of the claim of the North Sutherland Community Forestry Trust, the land on which the Naver Forests stand is the responsibility of the Scottish Ministers and is managed by Forest Enterprise. The four case studies differ with respect to membership and institutional practices and thus provide fertile ground on which to examine, comparatively, collective struggles for the land and the search for sustainable futures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-180
Number of pages22
JournalScottish Geographical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • land
  • community
  • crofting
  • identity
  • Scotland


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