Civic MacBough Goes To Town

Issie MacPhail

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The ‘assets’ over which social movements in the Scottish Highlands and Islands have most famously acted in the past two hundred years are usually summed up in one word: land. In recent years however this conceptualisation has been broadened to include concern over ‘intangible’ assets too. These are things which cannot be bought and sold such as language, poetry, the aesthetics of land and sea, stories, histories, songs and even ‘heritage’ (Braunholtz-Speight et al. 2011)[1]. This intervention provides a brief history of one social movement which emerged a decade ago in the north west mainland of Scotland: The Mackay Country Community Trust Ltd (MCCT). Their events sub-group is called Family MacBough. I begin by describing MCCT’s emergence and purpose, and then develop a vignette of the cultural and economic conditions which these people are confronting. This serves to tell the story of how and why Family MacBough went ‘to town’ to participate in the Civic Geographies session, and what that meant to Mackay Country activists.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1168
Pages (from-to)401-412
Number of pages12
JournalACME: An International Journal of Critical Geographies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2015


  • civic geographies
  • rural development community culture
  • social movement
  • community assets
  • Mobilities


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