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Q-Celts

How alike are you to your Hebridean or Highland Ancestor?

Find out with Identity Exploration (no cost attached, based on PhD research, no Freudian quackery).
http://www.identityexploration.com/ipseus_output.asp

Purpose

In the absence of family narrative to say what ancestors were really like, a proxy method has been devised to look at how Celtic traits have survived generations.

 Result Format

Primordialism (identity that is formed by sense of personal history and attachment to a piece of soil or place of origin) is in the first two columns. Situationalism (identity that does not depend on the past and is more to do with present characteristics and is in the ‘here and now’) is in other columns.

Resonance

Domain

Markers

Domain

Traits

Domain

Dynamics

Domain

Response

Domain

History

Location

Bond

Affiliation

Defence

Race

Culture

Sentiment

Striving

Survival

Ancestry

Rights

Temperament

Authority

Conflict

Memory

Folkways

Entitlement

Conformity

Entity

Narratives

Religion

Disposition

Congruence

Assimilation

Symbols

Values

Emotion

Empathy

Adaptation

Example

A potted history of the MacDonalds of Sleat (Clann ‘Ic Uisdein) can be unpicked and represented in the table to show every facet of  the ethnic identity of the chieftains of that clan, including its infamy (Sollas Clearances, amongst countless others) and glory (MacDonald’s Regiment).*

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_Macdonald_of_Sleat

A way of finding out a person’s current Q-Celt (Hebridean or Highland) identity, whether primordialist or situationalist, or some combination of both, is to measure the person’s identification with famous or notorious role models from the past in the Scottish Highlands. These can be, for example, General Hugh MacKay, Colonel Gordon, Governor Macquarie and Doctor McNeill, as explained in the book (see Smashwords), ‘New Celts from Old Horizons’.  Or take some other quartet instead, such as the Duke of Sutherland, the Marquis of Breadalbane, Angus MacMillan of Glenbrittle and Hugh of Boisdale.  Whichever the selection, the purpose of the exercise is to show how  identification with these characters can be mirrors to a person’s own current Q-Celt (Hebridean or Highland) identity.

How to Find Out More
To get a brief introduction to the method, read the chapter from ‘The Sea is Wide’ at http://www.smashwords.com/extreader/read/75880/140/the-sea-is-wide-new-celts-from-old-horizons

Place your anonymised request on this page (your email address will register you with the administrator of the site who will get back to you).

 

One response to “Q-Celts

  1. Waxwing

    April 1, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    ‘The Sea is Wide – New Celts from Old Horizons’

    500 Copies of ‘The Sea is Wide’ have already been downloaded from this site free of charge, proving its appeal to family researchers. From now on in (as of April 1, 2013), the volume can be downloaded (PDF format is the best option) at a cost of £6 (US$9)from

    http://www.smashwords.com/extreader/read/75880/118/the-sea-is-wide-new-celts-from-old-horizons.

    Alternatively it can be downloaded at the much cheaper cost of £2 (US$3) on giving a donation to the Derry charity, Children in Crossfire, at

    http://www.justgiving.com/waxwings

    To secure the cheaper purchase, please post the request on this page under your pseudonym if preferred, with perhaps any genealogy query for good measure. Upon receipt by Waxwings (my pseudonym) of any such request, and confirmation to Waxwings from Justgiving of a donation to Children in Crossfire, Waxwings will temporarily unblock the Smashwords site to enable the free download.

    Although Smashwords favours the ePub format, for downloads the PDF version seems to work better, fully preserves the formatting and more closely resembles the appearance of a normal book. All that is lost in the PDF version is the technicolour but it reads just like a Kindle.

     

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