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Welsh migration to England in the nineteenth century.

Pooley, Colin G. (1983) Welsh migration to England in the nineteenth century. Journal of Historical Geography, 9 (3). pp. 287-306. ISSN 0305-7488

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Abstract

Conventional migration theory suggests that rural to urban movement was a one-way once and for all movement which resulted in the severance of ties to a rural homeland and the gradual adoption of an urban lifestyle and culture. Analysis of Welsh migration to English towns in the mid-nineteenth century suggests that by no means all migrants conformed to this stereotype. Whilst Welsh migrants displayed similar characteristics to other rural-urban movers and fitted easily into an urban labour market, they were able to retain many of their rural traditions and customs in an English urban environment. They also maintained close links with Wales whilst some engaged in return migration. Although easily accepted into English urban society, the Welsh were able to live in two culture worlds for much of the nineteenth century. It is suggested that detailed longitudinal studies of other migrant groups will demonstrate diversity in the extent to which rural traditions were subsumed by urban culture in the nineteenth century.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Historical Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 31405
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2010 10:53
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:57
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/31405

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