Author: Corinna Patterson, Bangor University

Day One – Tuesday 25th June

Strand – Identity and Place

Session One: 11.30am – 1pm

This presentation will be looking at people’s relationship with the local and the global, exploring how empowered they feel themselves to be as local or global citizens and how globalization is affecting the identities of people and places. Key findings obtained from interviews that were conducted with residents in two Welsh market towns, Llangefni on Anglesey and Machynlleth in Mid Wales, will reveal how globalization can affect places and people so differently, exposing how the relationship that people have with the ‘local’ and the ‘global’ can vary depending on how engaged people are as citizens with local or global issues and how empowered they feel themselves to be.  

The fates of places, their residents, local identities and cultures are revealed to be precarious and dependent greatly on the presence, or the lack of, a few empowered citizens. The relationship between education, power and empowerment are seemingly pivotal to people’s relationship to place, space and their fellow citizens.

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