Where is Wales? Narrating the territories and borders of the Welsh linguistic nation

Rhys Jones, Carwyn Iorwerth Fowler

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Abstract

Where is Wales? Narrating the territories and borders of the Welsh linguistic nation, Regional Studies 41, 89–101. The paper shows how different organizations in the post-devolution period have erected internal borders within Wales, which reflect Welsh linguistic geographies and differing constructions of the ‘true’ extent of the Wales linguistic nation. Key to this debate has been the formation of the pressure group Cymuned. Cymuned's formation has led to numerous political and territorial tensions with the discourses promoted by established linguistic and political movements within Wales. Theoretically, the paper illustrates the importance of viewing borders and territories as spatial entities that are narrated in character. Empirically, it sheds light on the complexity of borders in post-devolution Wales.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-101
Number of pages13
JournalRegional Studies
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • borders
  • territories
  • Wales
  • culture region
  • cymuned
  • devolution

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