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Ambivalent Europeans : Ritual, Memory and the Public Sphere in Malta - Jon P. Mitchell

Ambivalent Europeans

Ritual, Memory and the Public Sphere in Malta

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2001
ISBN: 9780415271523
Number Of Pages: 292

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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.

"This is a work to be commended for its complete approach to a festival commemorating Malta's patron saint that also addresses the ways in which ritual can express the ambivalence inherent in "Europeanization" in particular and modernity in general, subjects of interest to Europeanist anthropologist and beyond." - Andrea L. Smith, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Malta on the Margins of Europe: A History of Ambivalence
Valletta: Glory, Decline, Rehabilitation
Gendered Lives: Women and Men in Malta
Respectability and Consumption
Nostalgia and Modernisation
All Politicians are Bastards
'Because We're Pawlini, We're Maltese': A Contested Commemoration
Viva San Pawl!
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ISBN: 9780415271523
ISBN-10: 0415271525
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 1st November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.6  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1