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This article critiques a focus on ‘sustainable development’ which highlights a liveable ‘future’ without paying adequate attention to what, we argue, are more pressing issues for a liveable present. We contend that, while inherently commendable, the thrust of many current initiatives relat...
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Contending and competing geographies are often implicitly involved in archipelagic spaces. Various small island states and territories with multi-island geographies have flourishing tourism industries that presuppose an archipelagic experience: visitors are encouraged to explore and sample different...
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An introduction to the April 2013 issue of the journal "Cultural Geographies" is presented.
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Rev.of the book Tourism, Magic and Modernity: Cultivating the Human Garden, by David Picard.
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The article reviews the books "Islands: From Atlantis to Zanzibar," by Steven Roger Fischer and "Islands and Britishness: A Global Perspective," edited by Jodie Matthews and Daniel Travers
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Local autonomy in a subnational jurisdiction is more likely to be gained, secured or enhanced where there are palpable movements or political parties agitating for independence in these smaller territories. A closer look at the fortunes, operations and dynamics of independence parties from subnation...
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What are the strategies, modalities and aspirations of island-based, stateless nationalist and regionalist parties in the twenty-first century? Political independence is now easier to achieve, even by the smallest of territories; yet, it is not so likely to be pursued with any vigour by the world's ...
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Islands – especially small ones – are now, unwittingly, the objects of what may be the most lavish, global and consistent branding exercise in human history. This paper draws on a post-structuralist perspective to propose an understanding of “the island lure” by disentangling and unpacking f...
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Rev. of The Non-independent Territories of the Caribbean and Pacific: Continuity or Change? by Peter Clegg and David Killingray
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Purpose – This paper aims to conceptualize and illustrate how some island societies – in spite of their apparent openness, vibrant tourist economies and generally welcoming disposition – develop exclusionary attitudes to a range of immigrants, resulting in effective limits to their much vaunte...
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"Through the close analysis of musical performance and tradition, the scholarly contributiors to Island Songs provide a global review of how island songs, their lyrics, and their singers engage with the challenges of modernity, migration , and social change uncovering common patterns despite th...
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Certain limitations arise from the persistent consideration of two common relations of islands in the humanities and social sciences: land and sea, and island and continent/mainland. What remains largely absent or silent are ways of being, knowing and doing—ontologies, epistemologies and methods...
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The article reviews several books including “The Britannic Vision: Historians and the Making of the British Commonwealth of Nations, 1907-48," by W. David Mclntyre, "Christian Realism and the New Realities," by Robin W. Lovin, and "Going to War," by Philip Towle.
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Sand has become such a powerful visual, emotive and experiential component of tourism. This essay ventures an ontological explanation for the Western world’s acquired and now gripping fascination with this particularly mundane material, and its robust current connection with the tourism industry. ...
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How well do the brands and branding exercises of specific 'island products' connect with the brand of 'the Island' on which they are based? This paper adopts a sweeping 'island studies' global perspective in addressing this question. Given that they are already heavily themed places, we should n...
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This article first considers the significance of historical experience in academic studies, including postcolonial studies, concluding with Jane M. Jacobs that “the structures of power that gave rise to empire live on in a more disorganised fashion.” They live on in an organized way, too, in tha...
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Most subnational (and mainly island) jurisdictions around the world today are actively conspiring in the dogged pursuit of protracted and extended colonial relationships—what is referred to as “upside down decolonization”—rather than aspiring to full independence. Various metropolitan powers...
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A European Union initiative is seeking ways of determining the development
potential of Europe’s lagging regions, which include various islands. On the basis of the
policy review, methodology and data collected by the ongoing EUROISLANDS project, this
paper present Kökar (population: ...