A quantitative analysis of the social and economic structure of north Ceredigion in 1891

  • Peter Glyn Williams

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This thesis seeks to demonstrate that the detailed evidence available in
census enumerators’ returns can be used to construct a valid and robust
model of the social and economic structures of communities and localities.
The geographical region selected for study is the northern part of the county
of Ceredigion defined by the ancient Hundreds of Genau’r Glyn and Ilar
(Uchaf). It is argued that the present work provides a more comprehensive,
geographically extensive and socially inclusive analysis than some previous
studies. The 1891 census returns are evaluated both in terms of their utility
and their recognised defects and weaknesses. Previous studies are reviewed
and contrasted with the present evidence-based work. By extracting, evaluating and interpreting the data recorded for each individual subject cited in the census returns those data are used to provide an added-value analysis in the form of an intimate socio-economic study for each community. Hence, the study aims to analyse personal data and interpret that information in the context of the contemporary social framework alongside the economic pressures and agents for structural change. The indicators that are analysed include personal names, gender ratios, age distributions, places of birth and mobility, language ability and the disadvantaged in society. Particular attention is paid to occupations and employment patterns as reflected in contemporary trading, industrial and commercial structures.
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  • Prifysgol Aberystwyth
GoruchwyliwrOwen Gruffydd Roberts (Goruchwylydd)

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