JosAnn Cutajar, Ph.D., is the author of Bormla: A Struggling Community, a landmark, mixed-methods, research study soon to be officially launched by FARAXA Publishing. Cutajar has studied in Canada, England and Malta. She is senior lecturer for gender studies at the University of Malta with the Faculty for Social Wellbeing. She is also the director and chairperson of the Cottonera Resource Centre at the same university.
The main foci of the expertise and research of Cutajar are on the structural factors which lead to social inequality and exclusion, with particular attention to the interactions of gender, social class, disability, race and ethnicity, with location. Both in this book and in other research studies, Cutajar has explored the differential service provision deployed by a centralized government and the effect such provision has on how people who are located in stigmatized areas in Malta regard themselves, together with the manner in which such perception affects their efficacy as citizens. Cutajar is also interested in finding out if residents located in a particular space are aware of the resources available in the community where they live, their level of satisfaction with these resources, human or nonhuman; and what alternative networks they resort to, when the resources needed to facilitate a certain quality of life are unavailable.
As research study after research study has underlined, communities living in places stigmatized by policy makers, the media and the general population often develop coping skills which provide them with alternative resources to ensure their social wellbeing. Cutajar feels that in Maltese society, resources are often deployed by policy and decision makers who are not cognizant of the differential needs of communities residing in different places. This means that policies which look neutral on paper might not turn out to be so when applied. Thus Cutajar believes that policy makers should put more effort into creating effective consultation exercises, to find out what residents in socially excluded areas need to be effective citizens.
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FARAXA Publishing is pleased to announce that soon to be released is a landmark study entitled Bormla: A Struggling Community, whereby the needs and present situation of the warm-hearted people of this historical, impoverished city in the Maltese Islands are addressed by JosAnn Cutajar, Ph.D. Written from a feminist perspective, this place-based inquiry is the first major study of its kind in relation to the people of Bormla.
Dr. Cutajar successfully elicits and presents the voice, disappointment, frustrations and hope of the struggling people of this city, a community which continues to be significantly discriminated against by politicians, the media and general population alike. Dr. Cutajar is senior lecturer with the Faculty for Social Wellbeing at the University of Malta. She is also the director and chairperson of the Cottonera Resource Centre at the same university.
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