Diasporic ethnolinguistic subjectivities: Patagonia, North America and Wales

Publisher:
Mouton de Gruyter
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2009, 195 (1), pp. 173 - 199
Issue Date:
2009-01
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A total of 956 informants with links to Wales from Patagonia, North America, and Wales itself completed a questionnaire investigating their Welsh identities and affiliation, their images of Wales, their engagement with Welsh cultural practices, and their perceptions of the ethnolinguistic vitality of the Welsh language and of domain priorities for the use of Welsh. These three groups produced systematic variation across many of the issues in this study. Overall, for example, the North Americans oriented their Welshness to Wales itself, and in particular in the history and heritage of Wales, while the Patagonians and the Welsh anchored their Welsh identity within their own contexts, and with less focus on the history and heritage of Wales. The results offer insights into the complexity of home and diaspora relationships, historical and geo-cultural differences, and their impact on Welsh cultural authenticity and ethnolinguistic subjectivities
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