i have just joined the group, so apologies for my naivite - i am a sociologist at bangor university and i know some people in this group have an interest in public participation issues/neoliberalism as well as other things that i'm interested in. i have come across simone abrams work, but have been unable to reach her via academic e mails. if simone or anyone else out there has worked in this area, i'd be really interested to hear from them - anthropologists often have an exciting take on things that sociologists are getting stale about. i am also keen on anything to do with rural wales, or the bearne. meanwhile, i'll enjoy reading the whole range of posts on this site. diolch, sally baker.