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Title: More equal than others? : an irreverent approach to Maltese society
Authors: Baldacchino, Godfrey
Keywords: Sociology -- Malta
Malta -- Social conditions
Issue Date: n.d.
Citation: Baldacchino G. (n.d.). More equal than others? : an irreverent approach to Maltese society. [Review of the book Social transitions in Maltese society, edited by J.A. Cutajar & G. Cassar].
Abstract: This work is a book review of 'Social transitions in Maltese society'. The book is edited by JosAnn Cutajar and George Cassar and published by Agenda publications Malta in 2009. Cutajar and Cassar's book emerges as a reflexive rendition of elements of social change, contextualised in a historical movement sweeping boldly from an understanding of the past to a cautionary preempting of the foreseeable future. The review is undertaken by means of 15 chapters penned by female and male authors most of who lecture, or have lectured, in some area of applied social science at the University of Malta and/or its Junior College. Themes covered in the book include: the family, religion, education, employment, youth, the aged, criminal justice, media, social inequality, poverty, reproductive health, the environment and global development. Data is sourced from global (World Bank, UN), regional (Eurostat) and national (ETC, NSO) surveys and databases, as well as from a considerable number of university student dissertations. The overall approach is meant to be iconoclastic in intent: the editors are keen to question the parameters, rigidities, modalities and accompanying stultifying stereotypes, of the status quo; they identify inroads, or the lack thereof, in the social mobility, protection and/or recognition of nonmainstream groups, and their inter-relationships – including women; the illiterate; the disabled; the unemployed; youth not in employment, education or training; non- European immigrants; non-Catholics; homosexuals; single (and especially female) parents; senior citizens; the poor; and the elusive working class.
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