The significance of place in middle childhood: qualitative research from Wales

Jonathan Scourfield, Bella Dicks, Sally Holland, Mark Drakeford, Andrew James Davies

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The paper presents some key findings of qualitative research with older primary school children in Wales on their attachments to places and cultures. There is discussion of children's perspectives on the global, national and local arenas. We argue both that there are continuities with adult perspectives and that the children's views on place and identity need to be understood in the context of the social location of middle childhood. The study shows children making relatively little use of culturally-filled categories of local, national and global place-identifications. The differences they articulate are largely framed in terms of divisions between groups of people rather than in the characteristics of place, and generally related back to the self.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-595
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Children
  • middle childhood
  • national identity
  • locality
  • globalization
  • Wales


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