Work Package 1.1
Start date: October 2014
End date: September 2017
This project will examine experiences of participation at the local level and what they tell us about the changing patterns of mobilisation in particular places in Wales. Fieldwork will take place in North and South Wales in three stages. 1. Mapping local level civil society groups. 2. Life history/narrative interviews, which will capture experiences and biographies of key individuals who run local associations and who work to involve others. 3. Participant observation of activities at each site. We will pay particular attention to trust in social organisations, and how social identities and inequalities shape local civic relations.
The team will conduct 30 individual interviews and 4 focus groups. Data collection will take place at two contrasting locations: one in the largely rural and Welsh speaking area of North West Wales, the other in industrial South Wales. One site will be a relatively prosperous and socioeconomically advantaged town whilst the second will be a town which has experienced high levels of social and economic deprivation.
As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.