Professor David McCrone FBA

Sociology Scotland Ireland Wales England Nationalism Studies

Elected 2005

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Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

David McCrone is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Edinburgh University. As an undergraduate in the late 1960s, he discovered sociology by accident and never looked back. He began as an urban sociologist, admiring the work of Max Weber, and co-wrote a book with Brian Elliott on The City. He benefited from being a sociologist in Scotland in times of social, political and cultural change, writing an early book called Understanding Scotland in 1992, and revised it extensively in 2001 as events and processes changed. In 2017 he published The New Sociology of Scotland, bringing together the evidence and arguments over thirty years. Funded by The Leverhulme Trust, in the 1990s he coordinated a series of studies on national identity in Scotland and in England, which culminated in his book with Frank Bechhofer, Understanding National Identity, published in 2015 by Cambridge University Press, just in time for Brexit. He has a longstanding interest in social and political data, and collaborated on a succession of British and Scottish Social Attitudes surveys and election studies. Returning to his early interest in cities, and intrigued by his adopted city, his latest book is Who Runs Edinburgh?, published by Edinburgh University Press in October 2022.

Current post

University of Edinburgh Emeritus Professor of Sociology

2012 -

Past appointments

University of Edinburgh Co-Director of the Institute of Governance

2002 - 2012

University of Edinburgh Professor of Sociology

1996 - 2012

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