Village on the Border: A Social Study of Religion, Politics and Football in a North Wales Community

Village on the Border: A Social Study of Religion, Politics and Football in a North Wales Community

Village on the Border: A Social Study of Religion, Politics and Football in a North Wales Community

Village on the Border: A Social Study of Religion, Politics and Football in a North Wales Community

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This book is based upon research carried out for the Department of Social Anthropology in the University of Manchester. I lived for nearly twelve months in a village in North Wales, for which I have coined the name Pentrediwaith because it will serve to remind the reader of the main characteristics of the village. It is, of course, a Welsh name and means 'village of no work'. I have also changed other place as well as proper names.

All books of this kind owe much to many people besides their author, and I would like to be able to acknowledge them all individually. Some, however, I feel must be singled out for mention. First and foremost of these is Professor M. Gluckman, to whom I owe a great debt of gratitude for his encouragement and guidance in the field and his criticism and help at every stage since. Professor C. D. Forde made many valuable criticisms and suggestions which have been incorporated into the book. Dr. Emrys Peters supervised part of the research and made his knowledge of Wales freely available to me. Anyone writing on Welsh social life must acknowledge a general debt to Mr. Alwyn D. Rees, but I have also the particular debt of his encouragement both before I started and while I was in the village. He has been most generous in sharing his great experience of studies in Wales with a beginner from outside. I am grateful also to Professor W. J. M. Mackenzie and Dr. A. Birch of the Department of Government in the University of Manchester who read the book in manuscript and helped me to avoid errors in their field as well as making many positive suggestions. They cannot, of course, be held responsible for my opinions on such topics or for any errors that remain. Finally, in this category, I would like to express appreciation to all those . . .

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