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One Wales? Reassessing diversity in Welsh ethnolinguistic identification

Coupland, Nikolas John Robert, Bishop, H. and Garrett, Peter Donald 2006. One Wales? Reassessing diversity in Welsh ethnolinguistic identification. Contemporary Wales 18 (1) , pp. 1-27.

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A new survey of 777 informants, widely distributed in Wales, allows us to reassess conventional understandings of ethnolinguistic diversity in Wales, particularly as regards subjective variables to do with ethnic identity and belonging. Our findings are set against Denis Balsom's widely cited 'three-Wales model', and against geographical data relating to Welsh-language competence from the 2001 census. The new data challenge the validity of the 'three-Wales' concept. They also qualify the wider assumption that Welsh-language competence and affiliative Welshness are necessarily closely related factors – the idea that speaking Welsh affords stronger Welsh identity. The overarching finding of the survey is that Welsh people across almost all geographical regions of Wales express very high levels of affiliation to Wales – that Welsh identity in many respects is buoyant and widespread. However, informant age, lived history and variable levels of support for the Welsh language are also statistically implicated.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: University of Wales Press
ISSN: 0951-4937
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:30

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