Making Sense of Wales: A Sociological Perspective

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University of Wales Press, 2002 - History - 295 pages
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Making Sense of Wales gives an account of the main changes that have taken place in Welsh society over the last fifty years, as well as analysing the major efforts to interpret those changes. By placing work done in Wales in the context of broader developments within sociological approaches over the period, Graham Day demonstrates that there is a body of work on Wales worth considering in its own right as a specific contribution to sociology. He also shows the relevance of sociological accounts of Wales for understanding contemporary empirical and theoretical concerns in social analysis. Beginning with post-war analysis which considered Wales in terms of regional planning and policy, Day shows how more theoretically informed perspectives have come to the fore in recent years. He also examines more contemporary developments, such as gender and class transformations, the emphasis on the centrality of the Welsh language for conceptions of Wales and Welshness, as well as the impact of new forms of governance and questions of social exclusion.

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Contents

Visions of Wales
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Wales Remade? The Transformation of Economic Structures
26
Wales and the Problem
48
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Graham Day has been closely involved for many years with the development of a sociology of Wales.  He is a former editor of Contemporary Wales and has published widely on rural policy and development, national and local identity, and devolution.  His recent research projects include work on Welsh civil society and on migration in north-west Wales.

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