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Title: The impact of Valletta 2018 on the European identity of the Maltese population
Other Titles: Theme 1 cultural & territorial vibrancy: evaluation & monitoring research findings 2016
Authors: Carammia, Marcello
Briguglio, Marie
Camilleri, Gilmour
Keywords: Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture
Population -- Malta
Cultural industries -- Malta -- Valletta
Political participation -- Malta -- Valletta
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Valletta 2018 Foundation
Citation: Carammia, M., Briguglio, M., & Camilleri, G. (2016). The impact of Valletta 2018 on the European identity of the Maltese population. Theme 1 cultural & territorial vibrancy: evaluation & monitoring research findings 2016, 39-50.
Abstract: This study examines whether the European sense of identity of people in Malta may be affected by the Valletta 2018, European Capital of Culture (ECoC) Programme, to what extent, and among what segments of the population. It employs a mixed-method and whole country approach spread over a five year period (2015-2019). During the first year of the study (2015), extensive desktop research was undertaken with a view to determining the baseline scenario on various definitions of European Identity, Cultural Participation and Valletta 2018 exposure, together with data on several socio-economic descriptor of people in Malta. During the second year of the study a large-scale cross-sectional survey was undertaken, employing computer assisted telephone interviews (CATI) on individuals aged over 18 years residing in private households. The survey returned around 850 responses which revealed interesting behavioural patterns in cultural attendance and participation that echo the findings of the 2011 Culture Participation Survey. In line with expectations, a positive correlation between respondents who are aware of the ECoC and who have actively participated in a Valletta European Capital of Culture event was found. In relation to the research question, ECoC exposure in 2016 was associated with a stronger sense of European Identity, and so too were other factors like education, interest in politics, age, and institutional trust. A second large-scale survey will be carried out in 2018 to yield a panel of observations. Given the complexity of the notion of European Identity, research in 2017 and 2019 will employ focus group methodology.
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