Authors: Prof. Yener Altunbus, Prof. Shanti P. Chakravarty and Prof. John Thornton, Bangor University

Day Two – Wednesday 26th June

Strand – Identity and Place

Session Four: 11.30am – 1pm

British Household Panel Survey data for Wave 9 and Wave 12 on self-perception of national identity are interrogated here for two waves of the survey to examine variables determining that perception of nationality in Wales. Wave 9 was conducted in 1999, around the time of the inception of the devolved Welsh Assembly government. Wave 12 interviews were conducted three years afterwards.

We find that identity is a fluid concept in Wales in that a non-negligible fraction of respondents who appeared in both the waves changed their answers to the question of national identity. Also the coefficients of variables that are significant for self described identity vary between the two waves. For example, income and education had a dampening impact of on the self description as exclusively Welsh but the impact of income was considerably stronger in the second wave, and that of education was weaker.

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