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Saints and Fireworks : Religion and - Jeremy Boissevain

Saints and Fireworks

Religion and

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Published: 1st January 1965
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Malta's recent independence was achieved despite a confusion of internal conflicts which must appear puzzling to the outsider. Socialists and Nationalists clash both with each other, and with a Church whose authority is almost medieval. Dr Boissevain has lived for more than two years in Malta and has studied at first hand the conflicting groups in the villages. He examines the importance of the cults of saints and the bitter rivalry between them. The clash of the Church and Labour clubs within the villages and the difficult role of the parish priest are analysed in the framework of Maltese ecclesiastical and secular politics. Both in its vivid description of village festive and political life and in the careful analysis of conflicts and factions, the book makes an important contribution to political anthropology.

The Backgroundp. I
The National Organizations: State, Church and Political Partyp. 15
The Villages and their Inhabitantsp. 27
The Basis of Leadershipp. 40
The Church and Village Politicsp. 55
Festa Partitip. 74
National Politics and the Village
97The Village and The Outside Worldp. 120
Conclusionp. 134
Appendices
Festa and Band Club Partitip. 141
1962 Electoral Manifesto of the Malta Labour Partyp. 143
Bibliographyp. 145
Other Works Citedp. 148
Indexp. 149****Partial*
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ISBN: 9781859738849
ISBN-10: 1859738842
Series: London School of Economics Monographs on Social Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st January 1965
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1