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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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‘A Nation Once Again.’ 1997–2009

‘A Nation Once Again.’ 1997–2009

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Wales since 1939

Martin Johnes

Manchester University Press

This final chapter concludes the book by looking at Welsh society on and after the arrival of political devolution and the establishment of the National Assembly. It argues that while Wales had now gained a degree of political self-government, for the first time in its history the processes of popular culture and globalization actually made Wales less culturally distinct. Nonetheless, people's identification with Wales was growing, especially with the emergence of successful Welsh music artists and the Cool Cymru pop culture. It is suggested that this was perhaps at the expense of Britishness, raising questions about the future of the United Kingdom and whether nations need to have a distinct culture to exist.

Keywords:   Devolution, Globalisation, New Labour, Referendum, National Assembly, Cool Cymru

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