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Martin Johnes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086663

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086663.001.0001

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‘They Don't Belong Here.’ The Countryside Since 1970

‘They Don't Belong Here.’ The Countryside Since 1970

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Wales since 1939

Martin Johnes

Manchester University Press

This chapter looks at the radical shifts in rural society since the 1970s and pays particular attention to the large-scale movement of people in and out of rural communities contributing to the changing nature of the countryside. English immigration changed the economic and linguistic character of many rural communities and was occasionally met with violent resistance. Many feared that there would be no Welsh speakers left in the countryside at all since the increase in holiday homes rendered many villages near empty. Rural Wales also hid significant pockets of poverty and became a battleground for debates about the future of the environment, a topic that threatened not just Wales but the whole world.

Keywords:   Rural, Migration, Countryside, Agriculture, Environment

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