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Children’s accounts of Wales as racialized and inclusive

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Scourfield, Jonathan; Davies, Andrew

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Abstract The article is a discussion of the aspects of children’s accounts of Welshness that are either racialized or inclusive. The empirical basis is a qualitative research project on children’s national and local identities in Wales, conducted with 8-11 year olds in six primary schools across the country, with schools selected to provide diversity of region, language, social class and ethnicity. This article focuses on the aspects of the children’s talk that highlight ‘race’ and the position of minority ethnic children within Wales. There is discussion of Welshness as racialized, children’s views on being white and on being a minority, and evidence of inclusivity amongst children. We found aspects of the children’s talk that pose a barrier to the development of an inclusive Welsh citizenship and also aspects that support it. There is consideration of children’s agency in the construction of nationhood and the limited repertoires they can draw on for this process.
Classification Sociology of the Youth, Sociology of Childhood; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords childhood; ethnic minorities; national identity; Welshness; whiteness;
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 83-107
Journal Ethnicities, 5 (2005) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)