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Dr. Gerry Hassan

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Renewal Limited
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Brooklyn , New York 11219
United States

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Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and policy analyst on Scottish and UK politics, culture and ideas and a Demos Associate who led the recent Scotland 2020 and Glasgow 2020 programmes. He is an Associate Editor with Renewal.
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Labour has failed to appreciate that most Scots actually like the SNP, said Gerry Hassan, a research fellow at the University of the West of Scotland and author of The Strange Death of Labour Scotland.
"The SNP can't sign a blank check to Labour, but they can't be seen to bring a Labour government down so they have to play a very careful hand," said Hassan.
Demos | People, 21 July 2014 [cached]
Gerry Hassan
Gerry Hassan is a writer, researcher, policy analyst and broadcaster.
Joe Lafferty — …enabling purposeful conversations…, 19 Mar 2015 [cached]
Hassan, in his book 'Caledonian Dreaming' touches on hope with some insight.
These events hosted by Jean Urquhart at the Ceilidh Place and organised by her and Gerry Hassan, the writer and commentator.
Caledonian Dreaming by Gerry Hassan - Book review by Joe Lafferty
Hassan is no stranger to serious and heavyweight political analysis with a number of books under his belt from The Strange Death of Labour Scotland to editing the collection Scotland 2020: Hopeful Stories for a Northern Nation. Also, Hassan was behind a major project in Glasgow that resulted in a book - The Dreaming City: Glasgow 2020 and the Power of Mass Imagination - where many people across the city articulated their dreams for their city. His desire to create opportunities to connect people to their dreams, where they may find their voice, is a continuing passion for him as a writer and activist.
To be picky, the book feels at times like a collection of essays, rather than a cohesive whole. However, when he comes back to a topic, Hassan takes the opportunity to deepen his analysis and comment so it does not feel repetitive.
Also his attempt to make the book readable by avoiding academic referencing and footnotes can be frustrating. Hassan uses a number of terms which are not always well defined and can be confusing. For example, "Civic Scotland", "High Scotland", "Missing Scotland" and "Professional Scotland". He does define these terms later on in the book, but this requires the reader to stay with him a bit.
Having said that, he draws on a wide range of sources for his writing, and manages to pull off the tricky feat of creating a readable book while at the same time enriching his narrative with quotes and perspectives from a diverse range of thinkers down the ages.
In his opening chapter, Hassan sets the scene for his book. He attempts to write something that is not an "answer" but rather he opens up possibility which becomes the beginning of many conversations.
Firstly, he argues that independence is not a yes/no binary question but rather a process. Scotland is becoming more independent, and has been for some years. He draws on "tumultuous events" with the pillars of public life in the UK crumbling, and how people are losing faith with old elites and traditional bases of power and authority.
He critiques much of the debate in the referendum: it's black and white or too negative or overly optimistic.
This is what O'Toole touches on in his excellent introduction - Hassan is challenging Scots to face their own self-deception. This is a call to be part of a maturing nation, to grow up and take responsibility.
At the same time Hassan is aware that the combination of the negatives lead some to collude with the "too wee, too small, too stupid" caricature of Scotland. He provides a sound perspective on the fact that "Scottish culture encompasses a profound, deeply embedded sense of loss, and because of this, of melancholy and pessimism", and why this mindset has developed and become ingrained.
This is also a book where Hassan is present, while not making the book about himself. This is illuminating and helpful and supports a key part of his thesis that the personal is political. He tells of how growing up in Dundee shaped his world view, speaking warmly and honestly about his communist father and activist mother.
Gerry Hassan
As well as painting a landscape to help readers consider where we are now at this vital stage, he also carries out wider historical and political analysis of what shaped us and what took us to where we are. Articulating this is not a narrow debate about esoteric constitutional matters, but a vital development in how we citizens in Scotland see ourselves and consider the possibilities for the future, no matter what the outcome of the vote in September.
I was particularly drawn to two elements Hassan focuses on in the foundation of his writing: empathy and hope. This takes the book beyond a mere political analysis to something more human, more real. He exhorts us all, and endeavours himself, to get beyond ourselves; to seek to understand the other, with respect, even if we disagree - a vital point in what has been at times a fractious and aggressive debate.
He distinguishes hope from optimism. Optimism is a cognitive state which may be linked to self deception: a blind optimism. He also shows the links between optimism and the mindset essential for capitalism.
Hassan draws a metaphor moving from the TV shows Yes Prime Minister to The Thick of It.
Hassan shows that the rationale for this narrative is to demonstrate that "this union offers the protection, security and shared risk, which being a smaller, self-governing entity just doesn't offer. However this leads to "Britain as Disneyland" which ignores the chasm between these stories and the "stark reality" of what is facing much of the population with "diminishing welfare and social provision, and diluting or privatising the public nature of public services and public goods" initiated by the acts of Cameron's government.
I imagine Hassan will stimulate criticism in some aspects of how he approaches gender issues in the book. I don't feel qualified to make a considered analysis on this, but think it is important to offer a view.
He frames the impact on Scottish working class masculinity by Thatcher's destruction of Scottish industry as a gender issue because Thatcher is a woman. I'm not sure about that. She was commonly addressed as "the best man for the job" and not always ironically!
Just in case you were rubbing your hands in glee at the critique of British nationalism, Hassan also analyses Scotland, drawing the stark conclusion that "Scotland is not a democracy.
Hassan also has an honest reflection on "the stories of radical Scotland".
While this is engraved in the Canongate Wall of the Scottish parliament building, Hassan has brought it to life in this wonderful book.
Caledonian Dreaming by Gerry Hassan - Book review by Joe Lafferty
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First published in Renewal volume 3, number 3 (1995), pp. 11-20
Conservative notions of the United Kingdom have shifted in the Thatcher-Major era from previous Conservatisms (Mitchell, 1990; 1995; Hassan, 1995).
This tension led, after Thatcher's downfall, to the brief resurgence of union philosophy in 'Taking Stock', which attempted to renew the Union of Scotland and England by borrowing European Union notions of 'pooled sovereignty' and 'subsidiarity' (Hassan, 1993: 64).
Hassan, G. (1993), 'The Scottish Stalemate', Renewal, Vol. 1 No. 3.
Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and policy analyst on Scottish and UK politics, culture and ideas and a Demos Associate who led the recent Scotland 2020 and Glasgow 2020 programmes. He is an Associate Editor with Renewal.
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