Pangs of nascent nationalism from the nationless ...

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Title Pangs of nascent nationalism from the nationless state? Euro coins and undocumented migrants in Malta since 2004
Author(s) Godfrey Baldacchino
Journal Nations and Nationalism
Date 2009
Volume 15
Issue 1
Start page 148
End page 165
Abstract This paper examines recent manifestations of the emergence of national identity amongst the citizens of Malta, now the smallest member state of the European Union. In this search, discrete events and 'things' are examined as symbolic paraphernalia, empirical phenomena that provide insights to overarching narratives about identity, nationalism and integration. The discussion and eventual decision on the choice of euro coin faces in Malta is proposed as one that illustrates a process of 'nascent nationalism'. Meanwhile, the arrival of boatloads of undocumented migrants on Malta's shores has also encouraged the evolution of a secular, national character in Malta. Such episodes, and others, ultimately reflect a need for symbols of national unity that remain largely absent in this 'nationless state' which continues to be gripped by a bipolar partisanship that spares almost no one.
DOI 10.1111/j.1469-8129.2009.00360.x

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