Our Changing Land

Revisiting Gender, Class and Identity in Contemporary Wales

Edited by Dawn Mannay

Our Changing Land

Edited by Dawn Mannay

Distributed for University of Wales Press

352 pages | 12 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9781783168842 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
The past two decades have seen big changes within the small nation of Wales. Our Changing Land examines what is distinctive about Wales and Welshness by exploring the role of men and women in Wales and of Wales itself as a nation, economy, and center of partially devolved governance. Dawn Mannay presents contributions by a range of Welsh scholars and artists from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to raise questions related to equality, social policy, and progression. Featuring photographic art and poetic verse that extend its central arguments, this book offers readers with an interest in Wales and Welsh life an accessible, current, and thought provoking account of the nation.
List of Illustrations, Figures and Tables
List of Contributors

1. Introduction
Dawn Mannay

            I. Wales, Welshness, Language and Identity
            Hybrid Identity by KAOS – Song Lyrics

2. Devolved Voices: Welsh Women’s Writing Post 1999
Jane Aaron

3. Only Inside the Classroom? Young People’s Use of the Welsh Language in the School, Community and Peer Group
Non Geraint

4. Who Should Do the Dishes Now? Revisiting Gender and Housework in Contemporary Urban South Wales
Dawn Mannay

5. ‘Placing Young Men’: The Performance of Young Working-class Masculinities in the South Wales Valleys
Michael R. M. Ward

            II. Education, Labour Markets and Gender in Wales
            Beautiful by Tasha Harvey – Song Lyrics

6. Re-educating Rhian: Experiences of Working-class Mature Student Mothers
Melanie Morgan

7. Private Lives Use for Public Work: Women Further Education Teachers in Wales
Jane Salisbury

8. From Low-wage Manufacturing Industries to the Low-wage Service Sector: The Changing Nature of Women’s Employment in Wales
Caroline Lloyd

9. Changes and Continuities: Women in Paid Work in Wales 1994-2014
Alison Parken

            III. Welsh Public Life, Social Policy, Class and Inequality
            Politricks by Jamie Feeney aka Sapien – Song Lyrics

10. Class, Poverty and Politics in Devolved Wales
Dave Adamson

11. Women and Policy-making: Devolution, Civil Society and Political Representation
Paul Chaney

12. The Transformation of the Media in Wales: Technology and Democracy
Hugh Mackay

13. Wind Energy: Revisiting the Debate in Wales
Kevin Parkhill and Richard Cowell

14. Conclusion
Dawn Mannay

Review Quotes
Paula Manley MBE, former project manager for Women Making a Difference
Our Changing Land is a remarkable source of intellectual wealth. It not only provides a unique understanding of and insight to the current state of a wide range of issues affecting people living in Wales—from poverty to poetry—but also and innovatively links to the hopes and aspirations of our young people, weaving their words, pictures, and music into the book. Exploring the journey travelled during the last twenty years of political and economic change, the variety of data explored provokes both thought and emotion. This is a must-read for anyone concerned with the status and future of Wales.”
Dame Teresa Rees, Cardiff University
“Dawn Mannay’s exciting collection of papers brings our understanding of contemporary Wales right up to date. It not only revisits topics from Our Sisters’ Land but also explores new areas of investigation as it weaves a thread of poetry throughout the book. An excellent read.”
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