Fixed links and the engagement of islandness

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Title Fixed links and the engagement of islandness: reviewing the impact of the Confederation Bridge
Author(s) Godfrey Baldacchino
Journal The Canadian Geographer/Le Geographe Canadien
Date 2007
Volume 51
Issue 3
Start page 323
End page 336
Abstract Islands are the challenging targets of a global pursuit in the closing of gaps, their distinct geography so far having seemingly eluded and mocked both human ingenuity and terra firma. This article seeks to deconstruct the concept of the bridge as more than just a value-free symbol of inexorable technological progress, and uses islands as the reference point to flesh out such an argument. Bridges impact on the subtle balance between the characteristic "local-global" nature of an island identity; such an impact is multi-faceted, complex and case-specific. These ideas are applied to the specific case of the Confederation Bridge, the 14-km structure linking Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick, and which celebrated its tenth anniversary in June 2007. Les liens fixes et l'engagement de l'insularite: bilan de l'impact du Pont de la Confederation Les iles sont les objectifs ambitieux d'une quete a l'echelle mondiale visant a combler tous les vides. Leur geographie distincte leur a permis jusqu?a ce jour d?echapper et se moquer de l'ingenuite humaine et de la terre ferme. Cet article propose une deconstruction du concept du pont au-dela du symbole neutre associe au progres technologique, et prend les iles comme point de reference pour reposer un tel argument. Les ponts ont des incidences sur l'equilibre subtil entre le caractere ?local? et ?global? de l'identite insulaire. L'impact se ressent a multiples niveaux, est complexe et depend de chaque cas particulier. Ces idees sont appliquees au cas du Pont de la Confederation, qui est une structure de 14 km reliant l'Ile-du-Prince-Edouard au Nouveau-Brunswick, et qui fete son dixieme anniversaire en juin 2007.
DOI doi:10.1111/j.1541-0064.2007.00181.x

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