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Title: Insects and other invertebrates in Maltese culture and tradition
Authors: Portelli, Paul (2020)
Keywords: Insects -- Malta
Entomology -- Malta
Malta -- Social life and customs
Issue Date: 2020
Citation: Portelli, P. (2020). Insects and other invertebrates in Maltese culture and tradition (Doctoral dissertation).
Abstract: This thesis explores human/insect relations in Malta. It discusses how insects are culturally embedded in Malta and how human relations with insects and other invertebrates are charged with emotionality. This emotionality determines the concepts of, and relations with nature and the environment as well as the use of insects as a resource. Relations also include the control of useful, noxious and harmful insects as well as the protection and conservation of endangered species. I also investigate how insects are culturally embedded in the Maltese islands by analysing the use of insects in play, language, literature, song, and rhyme as well as their depiction in stamps and coins and how this reflects on the role of insects in contemporary Malta. I also discuss how insects are conceptualised and categorised, their use as symbols, how they shape language and their role in myths, legends and beliefs as well as in various forms of creative arts including their use in tattoos, movies, stamps and coins and how changes in the socio-politics and economy change the role of insects in Malta. Finally I look into the way insects mould perceptions of place, nature and the environment and how insects, particularly the Maltese honey bee and its products, play a role in creating and maintaining Maltese place and identity.
Description: PH.D.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - InsMS - 2020

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