Humanities and Social Science Research <p>Humanities and Social Science Research (HSSR) is an international, double-blind peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by <span lang="EN-US">IDEAS SPREAD INC</span>. The journal focuses on the following topics: Anthropology, Sociology, Politics, Culture, Philosophy, Economics, Education, Management, Arts, Psychology, Archaeology, Classics, History, Linguistics and Languages, Law and Politics, Literature, Philosophy, Religion. <br>It provides an academic platform for professionals and researchers to contribute innovative work in the field. The journal carries original and full-length articles that reflect the latest research and developments in both theoretical and practical aspects of society and human behaviors. The journal is published in both print and online versions. The online version is free access and download.</p> en-US <p>Copyright for this article is retained by the author(s), with first publication rights granted to the journal.<br>This is an open-access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (</p> (Leon Cliff) (Technical Support) Thu, 08 Feb 2024 13:45:10 +0800 OJS 60 Developing Community Identity in a Rapidly Changing Community <p>The significance of a sense of community is widely acknowledged in the literature. Communities bring their members networks of connections that can shape aspects of their behaviour, social interactions and identities. However, development and modernity are challenging the roles of communities, with weaker social bonds and less neighbourly behaviours on the rise. In a young community known for its terraced family homes, as well as its villa area, recent changes in construction permits are bringing rapid changes, not only to its aesthetics, but also to the density and nature of its residents. This paper, which is based upon a study of the community of Iklin, examined the impact that recent changes are having through the views of the residents via a questionnaire, interviews and a focus group. Using the Iklin study as a model for a mid-sized town or village in Malta, this paper examines which factors contribute to a sense of community cohesion and identity. This discussion posits that, like Iklin’s residents, when faced with an ever-changing community of inhabitants that do not feel like they belong, the inhabitants of our towns and villages, will value green spaces as amongst the most sought-after factors within communities, along with a desire for shared spaces and activities. A craving for a sense of community remains present, coexisting with an appreciation for a level of anonymity and distance that is also valued by many.</p> Annabel Cuff, Andrew Azzopardi, Olga Formosa, Paulann Grech ##submission.copyrightStatement## Wed, 07 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0800 One Direction <p>This paper draws on the data from the study commissioned by the Faculty for Social Wellbeing (University of Malta) in 2023 called <em>‘The perceived effect of traffic on our wellbeing amongst the Maltese Population’</em>. It seeks to navigate around the seeming impact of traffic on the populace, in terms of social wellbeing. In this paper, we will be revealing that there are no two ways around this phenomenon. What we will be referring to as the ‘trafficisation’ in our communities is having a major impact on our standard of living. In other words, the commodification of our communities, and car ownership as one of the indicators, is starting to leave an indelible mark on the livability and quality of life of its citizens. The liminality of progress and economic affluence in relation to our quality of life is the tension that will be debated in this epistemological-driven piece of work. The paper will attempt to confer the research question that livability and improved quality of life depend on re-negotiating a lifestyle which is not car-centric.</p> Andrew Azzopardi, Gottfried Catania, Paulann Grech ##submission.copyrightStatement## Wed, 21 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0800