Ambivalent Europeans: Ritual, Memory and the Public Sphere in Malta

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Social Science - 275 pages
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Ambivalent Europeans examines the implications of living on the fringes of Europe. In Malta, public debate is dominated by the question of Europe, both at a policy level - whether or not to join the EU - and at the level of national identity - whether or not the Maltese are 'European'. Jon Mitchell identifies a profound ambivalence towards Europe, and also more broadly to the key processes of 'modernisation'. He traces this tendency through a number of key areas of social life - gender, the family, community, politics, religion and ritual.
 

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Contents

Malta on the Margins of Europe A History of Ambivalence
1
Valletta Glory Decline Rehabilitation
35
Gendered Lives Women and Men in Valletta
63
Respectability and Consumption
93
Nostalgia and Modernisation
121
All Politicians are Bastards
147
Because Were Pawling Were Maltese A Contested Commemoration
177
Viva San Pawl
211
Epilogue
241
Bibliography
245
Index
265
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John Mitchell is Reader in History of Art, School of World Art and Museology, University of East Anglia.

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