A Tolerant Nation?

Revisiting Ethnic Diversity in a Devolved Wales

Editor(s) Paul O'Leary, Charlotte Williams, Neil Evans

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh Interest,Politics

  • March 2015 ·216x138mm

  • · Paperback - 9781783161881
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781783161898
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783161904

About The Book

The population of Wales is the product of successive waves of immigration. During the industrial revolution many diverse groups were attracted into Wales by the economic opportunities it offered – notably Irish people, black and minority ethnic sailors from many parts of the world, and people from continental Europe. More recently, there has been immigration from the New Commonwealth as well as refugees from wars and oppression in several parts of the world. This volume engages with this experience by offering perspectives from historians, sociologists, cultural analysts and social policy experts. It provides analyses of the changing patterns of immigration and their reception including hostile and violent acts. It also considers the way in which Welsh attitudes to minorities have been shaped in the past through the activity of missionaries in the British Empire, and how these have permeated literary perceptions of Wales.In the contemporary world, this diverse population has implications for social policy which are explored in a number of contexts, including in rural Wales. The achievements of minorities in sport and in building a multi-racial community in Butetown, for instance, which is now writing its own history, are recognised. The first edition of this book was widely welcomed as the essential work on the topic; over a decade later much has changed and the volume responds with several new chapters and extensive revisions that engage the impact of devolution on policy in Wales.


‘The need to keep track of social changes in Wales since devolution has never been greater. This new edition is an excellent contribution to the study of ethnic diversity and multiculturalism from scholars in a variety of disciplines. It goes a long way towards explaining how narratives of nationality in Wales are accommodating to the fact of ethnic diversity. Devolved government in Wales has opened up new avenues for policy which diverge from those elsewhere in the rest of the United Kingdom. This fascinating book clearly shows how myth, history, demographic change and global influences all play a part in shaping the project of “a tolerant Welsh nation”.’
–Professor Howard Davis, School of Social Sciences, Bangor University

‘At a time when racism is increasing across the United Kingdom and more widely, this book provides a welcome counterpart in arguing for tolerance between majority and minority populations. Focused on the experience of minorities in Wales, it provides both historical and contemporary insights and, particularly useful, a glimpse of what life is like for the growing minority population in rural areas. It is a pathbreaking and important book.’
–Professor Gary Craig, Durham University

'... brings together a wealth of facts, figures, individuals' stories and viewpoints on ethnic diversity in Wales over time - something much needed.' (Black and Asian Association Newsletter). 'A Tolerant Nation? is important, a seminal contribution to the literature on race and ethnic diversity in Wales...highly recommended.' Contemporary Wales 'Those who have an interest in Wales will find this book invaluable. Those wishing to ask similar questions about other cases will also find much of interest. The book stimulates thinking on the ways in which ethnic diversity provides challenges and opportunities to all communities.' Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism '...an important volume, which contains a number of fine essays and merits a wide audience.' Welsh History Review


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List of Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Race, Nation and Globalization in a devolved Wales
Neil Evans, Paul O’Leary and Charlotte Williams
1.Immigrants and Minorities in Wales, 1840–1990: A Comparative Perspective
Neil Evans
2.Slaughter and Salvation: Welsh Missionary Activity and British Imperialism
Jane Aaron
3.The Other Internationalism? Missionary Activity and Welsh Nonconformist Perceptions of the World in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Aled Jones
4.Apes and Cannibals in Cambria: Literary Representations of the Racial and Gendered Other
Kirsti Bohata
5.Wales and Africa : William Hughes and the Congo Institute
Neil Evans and Ivor Wynne Jones
6.Through the Prism of Ethnic Violence: Riots and Racial Attacks in Wales, 1826–2014
Neil Evans
7.Playing the Game: Sport and Ethnic Minorities in Modern Wales
Neil Evans and Paul O’Leary
8.Changing the Archive: History and Memory as Cultural Politics in Multi-ethnic Wales
Glenn Jordan and Chris Weedon
9.Religious Diversity in Wales
Paul Chambers
10.Extending the parameters of social policy research for a multicultural Wales
Roiyah Saltus and Charlotte Williams
11.Experiencing Rural Wales
Charlotte Williams
12.‘This is the place we are calling home’: Changes in Sanctuary Seeking in Wales
Alida Payson
13.Getting Involved: Public Policy making and Political Life in Wales
Paul Chaney
14.Claiming the National: Nation, National Identity and Ethnic Minorities
Charlotte Williams

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Paul O'Leary

Dr Paul O'Leary is a Professor in the Department of History and Welsh History, Aberystwyth University. He is joint editor of the Welsh History Review.

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