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Welshness performed : Welsh concepts of person and society

Author: Carol Trosset
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1993.
Series: Anthropology of form and meaning.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Wales is a region of Great Britain compromising about 8,000 square miles of land and two and a half million people - a nation without a state, but one consisting of persons distinctively Welsh. There are many ways of acting and thinking to be found in Wales, but only some of these are considered by Welsh people to be relevant to their ethnic identity. Carol Trosset lived for two years as a Welsh speaker, and she  Read more...
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Trosset, Carol, 1959-
Welshness performed.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)624433695
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carol Trosset
ISBN: 0816513783 9780816513789
OCLC Number: 27897745
Description: x, 183 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Degrees of Welshness --
3. Alternative Sectarian Loyalties --
4. The Sources of Status --
5. Egalitarian Personal Bonds --
6. Acting for the Group --
7. Persons as Performers --
8. Being an Emotional Person --
9. Welsh Senses of Self.
Series Title: Anthropology of form and meaning.
Responsibility: Carol Trosset.

Abstract:

Wales is a region of Great Britain compromising about 8,000 square miles of land and two and a half million people - a nation without a state, but one consisting of persons distinctively Welsh. There are many ways of acting and thinking to be found in Wales, but only some of these are considered by Welsh people to be relevant to their ethnic identity. Carol Trosset lived for two years as a Welsh speaker, and she draws on this experience of cultural immersion in her discussion of "what it is to be Welsh." In Welshness Performed, she shows how people acquire a sense of identity - both as individuals and as members of society - and presents a notion of "Welshness" sufficiently widespread to influence thinking about the society and the individual's place in it. Trosset analyzes the interplay of language survival, performance arts, and ethnic politics and relates these sociological factors to more personal values about equality, self-sacrifice, and emotional expression. Culturally prominent events such as eisteddfodau - competitive music and poetry festivals - are discussed in the context of the use of the Welsh language, feelings of separateness from England, and perceptions of status and community. Ultimately, Trosset shows how concepts of social order and personhood interact to produce a distinctive feeling of Welshness. Welshness Performed offers an anthropological perspective on a people not generally studied in that discipline. But more than a study of culture, it seeks to communicate Welsh ideas about what it means to be a person in society.

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