Fractured intellectuals and the nation: Cynog Dafis and Welsh nationalism

R. A. Jones, Carwyn Iorwerth Fowler

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This paper assesses the idea of the intellectual in the context of Welsh nationalism and the wider literature of nationalism theory. Elsewhere, it has been postulated that these individuals represent the elite of nationalist movements and shape the aims of their respective nations. Our paper explores these claims by focusing on the case of Cynog Dafis, the former Plaid Cymru MP and AM. Chronologically, the paper covers major developments in contemporary Welsh nationalism from the formation of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg in 1962 to Cynog Daf is's retirement at the 2003 Assembly elections. We demonstrate how Cynog Dafis, as a symbol of the nationalist movement, has been faced with a series of dilemmas and choices concerning nationalist strategy and ideology. The paper argues that nationalist leaders, such as Cynog Dafis, are characterized by internal contradictions and tension, which reflect, as well as shape the nationalist movements of which they are a part.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-149
Number of pages20
JournalContemporary Wales
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sept 2008


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