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

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Psychology Press, 2002 - 275 pages
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

Chapter 1 Malta on the Margins of Europe A History of Ambivalence
1
Chapter 2 Valletta Glory Decline Rehabilitation
35
Chapter 3 Gendered Lives Women and Men in Valletta
63
Chapter 4 Respectability and Consumption
93
Chapter 5 Nostalgia and Modernisation
121
Chapter 6 All Politicians are Bastards
147
Chapter 7 Because Were Pawlini Were MalteseA Contested Commemoration
177
Chapter 8 Viva San Pawl
211
Epilogue
241
Bibliography
245
Index
265
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