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The delayed emergence of Italian Welsh narratives, or class and the commodification of ethnicity?

Wren-Owens, Elizabeth Anne 2012. The delayed emergence of Italian Welsh narratives, or class and the commodification of ethnicity? Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture 3 (11) , pp. 119-134. 10.1386/cjmc.3.1.119_1

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Abstract

In 2005, over a century after Italians began to settle in Wales, a body of texts emerged that could be read as the first examples of Italian Welsh narrative. This article seeks to introduce and analyse this writing, exploring whether it represents a delayed expression of ethnic identity, or whether the texts are more usefully read comparatively, as part of wider cultural trends. These include the commodification of Italian-ness in the commercial sector in Wales and internationally, and transnational debates surrounding the interplay between class and ethnicity, with a particular focus on the impact of a subaltern Celtic identity, and its correlation with the working class, in British hierarchies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Uncontrolled Keywords: Italian Welsh; class; ethnicity; commodification; Italian Scottish; migration
ISSN: 2040-4344
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:49
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/45411

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