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.
Undergraduates and postgraduates in history, social sciences and literary / cultural studies; professionals in community relations; and social equality; general readers.
Foreword Vaughan Gethin 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