In this article in the Malta Independent, Michael Briguglio discusses recent Eurobarometer, Malta Today and It-Torċa polls and their ramifications for political parties.
Friday, May 14, 2021
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Monday, May 3, 2021
Collective action frames and social movements : The case of the 'front kontra l-golf kors' - Patrick Galea (2011)
Galea, Patrick (2011). Collective action frames and social movements : The case of the 'front kontra l-golf kors' (Master's dissertation)
Abstract: Social movements cannot be understood properly without references to the grievances that inspire their members to engage in collective action outside political institutions. Yet as countless situations in the world suggest, the existence of grievances by itself cannot account for the emergence of social movements. For grievances to translate into action they must first be interpreted as being problematic and also malleable. Social movement actors are thus engulfed in processes of signification, interpretation and articulation that aim to construct their object of contention into a problem in need of change, in a way that inspires others to join their struggle. These matters have been at the heart of the framing perspective, which has over the last decades established itself as a central area in social movement studies. Unfortunately, in Malta, despite the ubiquity of social movement action, general research in the area remains sparse, while movement research from a framing perspective is virtually inexistent. This study aims to begin redressing this lacuna. Informed by framing and discourse theories, this study, through the thematic analysis of numerous documents and texts, analyzes the articulation of collective action frames in the case of the Front Kontra I-Golf Kors, a broad alliance of organisations and individuals that opposed the development of an 18-hole golf course in Rabat, Malta, in a campaign between 1999 and 2004. In this regard the diagnostic and prognostic frames of the Front Kontra I-Golf Kors were found to be most salient, and are outlined and discussed in significant detail. The Front's motivational framing on the other hand, was found to be somewhat lacking. This was deemed to be due to the context of the struggle and the strategic choices of the Front Kontra I-Golf Kors. Finally, the data suggests that the campaign of the Front Kontra I-Golf Kors rested on three main themes: agricultural preservation, environmental sustainability, and the contestation of legitimacy. Although these themes feature profusely in the framing efforts of Front Kontra l-Golf Kors they are discussed separately at the end in a separate discussion that engages with the literature and roots said theme in their contexts.
Monday, April 26, 2021
Conservative and liberal family social movements in Malta : what motivates their activists? Jonathan Tonna (2019)
Tonna, Jonathan (2019). Conservative and liberal family social movements in Malta : what motivates their activists? (Bachelor’s dissertation)
Abstract: The main ambition of this dissertation is to uncover what motivated activists to join local family social movements in Malta. This research was carried out using face-to-face interviews with 9 different local activists and an interpretive approach. The recruitment of this study was based on Volunteer and Snowball sampling. In this regard, the study is based on 3 main research questions, characterizing the main themes emerging from this research. These are 1) What motivates activists to join and keep active in a family social movement in Malta? 2) Do their social experiences and networks motivate their decision? and 3) How do Liberal and Conservative local family activists differ from each other? As a result of their responses, the leading conclusion which emerged from this research is that amongst other motivations; their social experiences, social inequality, religiosity and entrustment were crucial motivators for them to join local family social movements and to keep active. Moreover, this research highlights some essential differences between Liberal and Conservative activists regarding their motivation to become activists. In addition, this research also underlines some commonalities between these two, such as being motivated through their social networks and their social experiences.
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Thursday, April 22, 2021
WIPSS - Convened by Peter Mayo, Michael Briguglio, Francois Zammit
Protests in the year of Covid– The case of Malta
Speaker: Dr Michael Briguglio
Facebook event page: (10) Protests in the Year of Covid, The Case of Malta | Facebook
This research presents and discusses physical protests that took place in Malta during 2020 – the year of Covid19 - and which gained media coverage in Malta’s main independent newspapers.
The paper will analyse the issues, organisations, coalitions, venues and type of protests in question. This will provide comparative analysis during the year, which in turn can be compared to upcoming research of protests in subsequent years.
The study will look at the groups and organisations that make up the collective actions in question; the events that form the action repertoire; and the ideas that guide the protests.
In turn, the study will look into the networks and the broader context in which movements are protesting, which in this case concerns the specific characteristics of movement and political activism in Malta as a small EU member state.
KEYWORDS: Protest, New Social Movements, Malta, Civil Society, Activism
Dr Michael Briguglio has a doctorate in sociology and is a senior lecturer at the University of Malta, within the Department of Sociology. His main research interests are politics, social movements, the environment and social policy, and he has published several scholarly contributions on these topics. He is one of the founders of the Malta Sociological Association where he currently serves as Public Relations Officer. Dr. Briguglio is a board member of Research Network 25 - Social Movements of the European Sociological Association, and a convenor of the Works in Progress Seminar Series at the University of Malta.
Sunday, April 18, 2021
The Europeanisation of Interest Groups in Malta and Ireland: A Small State Perspective - Mario Thomas Vassallo (2015)
Mario Thomas Vassallo (2015).
The Europeanization of Interest Groups in Malta and Ireland: A Small State Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan US)
The Europeanisation of Maltese interest groups: a comparative study after the first decade of EU membership. Reflections of a Decade of EU Membership: Expectations, Achievements, Disappointments and the Future Occasional Papers, 5, 1-31.
This comparative work examines the political and social context of interest groups in Malta and Ireland, two small island states at the periphery of an integrated continent. The author explores the impact of the European Union on their civil society's organizations and their gradual transformation at differing speeds and logics of Europeanization.
The most recognisable and researched impact of Europeanisation is upon government structures, processes and policies. However the study of its effects on domestic interest groups is still in its infancy stage. This article addresses such a gap in academic literature by examining to what extent interest groups are being exposed and influenced by European values and style of governance. Furthermore it also seeks to identify the typology of the enablers of change that are at play. Essentially, the article adopts a comparative and empirical case study approach, making use of mixed methodology, to investigate the complexity of the core issue from the Maltese and Irish perspective, as two small island member states at the periphery of an integrated continent. Findings confirm that interest groups in Malta and the Republic of Ireland are undergoing through a process of domestic change due to Europeanisation, yet their gradual transformation is being marshalled by differing logics of change.
Link (article): Mario_Thomas_Vassallo_final12.pdf (um.edu.mt)
Monday, April 12, 2021
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