Charting the emergence of national identity in children in Wales

Alison Murphy

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The multimodal study, set in Wales, demonstrates that children aged nine to ten can clearly define and rationalise their own national identity. It contributes to the age related discussions around how children categorise themselves in terms of national identity and the rationale for their choices. The children in the study used single and multiple definitions of national identity and illustrates the increasing plural nature of 21st century Wales. Family, birthplace and residency were identified as factors in shaping their national identity, more so than language, despite the current bilingual policy drive in Wales.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-313
Number of pages13
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number4
Early online date10 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


  • children
  • development
  • national identity
  • Wales


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