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Island Studies, 4-vol. set

1st Edition

Edited by Ilan Kelman, Godfrey Baldacchino


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Big or small, islands and their inhabitant communities have long been the focus of intellectual enquiry, but in recent years a whole host of new academic institutes, journals, and conferences have devoted themselves to their study and research. And while early scholarly work mostly originated from those working in the natural sciences, and in Physical and Human Geography, Anthropology, and Archaeology, in the last twenty years or so serious research has also burgeoned under the rubric of, for example, Cultural Geography, Regional Development, Environmental Studies, Tourism, and Identity Studies.

This new four-volume collection from Routledge meets the need for a comprehensive reference work to allow users to make better sense of this voluminous scholarly and practical literature. Indeed, the sheer scale—and range—of the research output makes this title especially welcome.

Island Studies is fully indexed and has a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editors, which places the material in its intellectual context. It is an essential work of reference and is destined to be valued by scholars, advanced students, and policy-makers as a vital one-stop research resource.

Table of Contents

Volume I: Navigating an Island World to Utopia: Until 1516

1. Homer, Odyssey, Bk. V.

Part 1: Explorations and Chronicles

2. A. Anderson, ‘Islands of Exile: Ideological Motivation in Maritime Migration’, Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 2006, 1, 1, 33–47.

3. Marshallese Navigation Chart (

4. D. H. R. Spennemann, Traditional Marshallese Stickchart Navigation: Essays on the Marshallese Past, 2nd edn. (1998) (

5. Valmiki Ramayana, Kiskindhakaand, Sarga 40 (c. 5th/4th-century BCE).

6. Voyage of Saint Brendan (c. 900).

7. Saga of Erik the Red (pre-13th century).

8. Jan Huygen Van Linschoten, Iohn Huighen van Linschoten. his discours of voyages into ye Easte & West Indies Deuided into foure bookes (1598) (extracts).

Part 2: Representations

9. G. Tolias, ‘The Politics of the Isolario: Maritime Cosmography and Overseas Expansion During the Renaissance’, The Historical Review, 2012, 9, 27–52.

10. T. More, Utopia (1516) (cover).

11. T. More, Utopia (1516), pp. 61–70.

12. S. Stephanides and S. Bassnett, ‘Islands, Literature, and Cultural Translatability’, Journal of Global Cultural Studies, Transtext(e)s Transcultures, 2009.

Part 3: Islescapes

13. C. S. Lewis, ‘The Dark Island’, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Fontana Lions, 1952), pp. 135–45.

14. J. R. Gillis, Islands of the Mind: How the Human Imagination Created the Atlantic World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), pp. 5–64.

15. J. M. Erlandson and S. M. Fitzpatrick, ‘Oceans, Islands, and Coasts: Current Perspectives on the Role of the Sea in Human Prehistory’, Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 2006, 1, 1, 5–32.

16. P. Rainbird, The Archaeology of Islands (Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 1–25, 163–75.

Volume II: Charting from Utopia to Modern Science: 1516 to the 1880s

Part 4: Voyages

17. C. Van Duzer, ‘From Odysseus to Robinson Crusoe: A Survey of Early Western Island Literature’, Island Studies Journal, 2006, 1, 1, 143–62.

18. L. Vaz de Camões, Lusiades (1572), Bk. I.

19. W. Shakespeare, The Tempest (1610–11), Act 1, Scene II.

20. ‘Observations Made by a Curious and Learned Person, Sailing from England, to the Caribe-Islands’, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 1666, 2, 23–32, 493–500.

21. D. Defoe, ‘Surveys His Position’, The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (Seeley, Service & Co, 1719), ch. VIII.

22. S. Hymer, ‘Robinson Crusoe and the Secret of Primitive Accumulation’, Monthly Review, 1971, 23, 11–36.

23. J. Swift, Gulliver’s Travels (Benjamin Motte, 1726) (extracts).

24. R. L. Stevenson, ‘The Cruise of the Coracle’, Treasure Island (Cassell and Co., 1883) (extract).

Part 5: Biogeography

25. J. D. Hooker to C. R. Darwin, Letters (1844), 723 and 737.

26. C. Darwin, Origin of the Species (John Murray, 1859), pp. 383–410.

27. T. H. Huxley, ‘Corals and Coral Reefs’, Critiques and Addresses (Macmillan, 1883).

28. J. D. Dana, ‘Origin of the Barrier Condition of Reefs, and of the Atoll Forms of Coral Islands’, Corals and Coral Islands (Dodd and Mead, 1872), pp. 254–71.

29. A. R. Wallace, ‘Island Life; Or, The Phenomena and Causes of Insular Faunas and Floras’ (Macmillan, 1880), pp. 499–512.

30. E. Deloughrey, ‘Island Ecologies and Caribbean Literatures’, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 2004, 95, 3, 298–310.

Part 6: Islotopia

31. D. F. Lane, ‘The Figure of the Island in Colonial Discourse’, The Island as Site of Resistance: Studies of World Literature in English (Peter Lang, 1995), pp. 9–21.

32. R. S. Patke, ‘The Islands of Poetry; The Poetry of Islands’, Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas, 2004, 2, 1, 177–94.

33. J. Donne, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions (1624), Meditation XVII.

34. Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Paul et Virginie (D. Appleton and Company, 1788) (extract).

35. J. D. Wyss, Swiss Family Robinson (Johann Rudolph Wyss, 1812), ch. 18.

36. H. Melville, ‘The Encantadas (Enchanted Isles)’, Putnam’s Monthly Magazine of American Literature, Science and Art, 1854, III.

37. R. M. Ballantyne, The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean (T. Nelson & Sons, 1858), ch. VI.

38. J. Verne, ‘Dropped from the Clouds’, Mysterious Island (Pierre-Jules Hetzel, 1874).

39. G. Dening, ‘Reflection: On the History at the Edges of Culture’, Islands and Beaches: Discourse on a Silent Land Marquesas, 1774–1880 (The Dorsey Press, 1980), pp. 35–44.

40. ‘On Arran Cliffs’, Boston Daily Globe, 4 May 1890.

Volume III: Heading for Island Studies: The 1880s to the 1990s

Part 7: Placing Islands, Island Places

41. W. M. Davis, ‘The Origin of Coral Reefs’, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 1915, 1, 3, 146–52.

42. G. Deleuze, ‘Desert Islands’, in D. Lapoujade, Desert Islands and Other Texts, 1953–1974, trans. M. Taormina (Semiotext(e), 2004), pp. 9–14.

43. F. Collymore, ‘Hymn to the Sea’, Collected Poems (Advocate, 1959).

44. S. Carlquist, ‘The Biota of Long-Distance Disperal, I: Principles of Dispersal and Evolution’, Quarterly Review of Biology, 1966, 41, 3, 247–70.

45. B. Benedict, ‘Sociological Aspects of Smallness’, in Benedict (ed.), Problems of Smaller Territories (Athlone Press, 1967), pp. 45–55.

46. R. H. MacArthur and E. O. Wilson, The Theory of Island Biogeography (Princeton University Press, 1967), pp. 3–7, 181–3.

47. B. Mandelbrot, ‘Stochastic Models for the Earth’s Relief, the Shape and the Fractal Dimension of the Coastlines, and the "Number-Area" Rule for Islands’, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 1975, 72, 3825–8.

48. J. E. Ritchie, ‘Cognition of Place: The Island Mind’, Ethos, 1977, 5, 2, 187–94.

49. E. Dommen, ‘Some Distinguishing Characteristics of Island States’, World Development, 1980, 8, 12, 931–43.

50. D. Pitt, ‘Sociology, Islands and Boundaries’, World Development, 1980, 8, 12, 1051–9.

51. Abraham A. Moles, ‘Nissonology: The Science of Island Space’, trans. Godfrey Baldacchino, L’Espace Geographique, 1982, 4, 281–9.

52. E. Dommen, ‘What is a Microstate?’, in E. Dommen and P. Hein (eds.), States, Microstates and Islands (Croom Helm, 1985), pp. 1–15.

53. R. C. Kiste and B. V. Lal, ‘Editorial’, The Contemporary Pacific, 1989, 1, 7–8.

54. Christian Depraetere, ‘The Island Effect on the Global Scale: Size, Ranking and Shape of Oceanic Islands’, trans. Godfrey Baldacchino, L’Espace Géographique, 1990–1, 2, 126–34.

55. E. Hau’ofa, ‘Our Sea of Islands’, in V. Naidu, E. Waddell, and E. Hau’ofa (eds.), A New Oceania: Rediscovering Our Sea of Islands, School of Social and Economic Development (University of the South Pacific, 1993), pp. 2–17.

56. R. King, ‘The Geographical Fascination of Islands’, in D. G. Lockhart, D. Drakakis-Smith, and J. Schembri (eds.), The Development Process in Small Island States (Routledge, 1993), pp. 13–37.

57. G. McCall, ‘Nissology: A Proposal for Consideration’, Journal of the Pacific Society, 1994, 17, 2–3, 93–106.

58. Y. F. Tuan, ‘Island Selves: Human Disconnectedness in a World of Interdependence’, Geographical Review, 1995, 85, 2, 229–39.

59. T. L. Hills, ‘Island Matters, Islands Matter: International Institutional Responses to the Analysis of Problems and Their Solutions’, Geographische Zeitschrift, 1996, 84, 2, 67–73.

60. B. M. W. Ratter and G. Sandner, ‘Small Islands, Large Questions: Introduction to Special Issue’, Geographische Zeitschrift, 1996, 84, 2, 63–6.

Part 8: Governing and Governance

61. A. T. Wright, Islandia (Signet, 1942), pp. 441–6, 459–64.

62. M. Faber, ‘Island Microstates: Problems of Viability’, The Round Table, 1984, 292, 4, 372–6.

63. G. Bertram and R.F. Watters, ‘The MIRAB Process: Earlier Analyses in Context’, Pacific Viewpoint, 1986, 27, 1, 47–59.

64. Malé Declaration on Global Warming and Sea Level Rise (Small States Conference on Sea Level Rise, 14–18 November 1989).

65. J. Connell, ‘Island Microstates: The Mirage of Development’, The Contemporary Pacific, 1991, 3, 2, 251–87.

66. R. Baker, ‘Scale and Administrative Performance: The Governance of Small States and Microstates’, in Baker (ed.), Public Administration in Small and Island States (Kumarian Press, 1992), pp. 5–25.

67. United Nations Report of the Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, 25 April–6 May 1994, Bridgetown), pp. 1–6.

Part 9: Engaging the Island

68. E. C. Semple, ‘Island Peoples’, Influences of Geographic Environment on the Basis of Ratzel’s System of Anthropo-Geography (Constable and Co., 1911), pp. 409–72.

69. U. G. Weatherly, ‘The West Indies as a Sociological Laboratory’, American Journal of Sociology, 1923, 29, 3, 290–304.

70. A. Huxley, Brave New World (Chatto and Windus, 1932), pp. 191–202.

71. E. DeLoughrey, ‘The Myth of Isolates: Ecosystem Ecologies in the Nuclear Pacific’, Cultural Geographies, 2013, 20, 2, 167–84.

72. J. C. Caldwell, G. E. Harrison, and P. Quiggin. ‘The Demography of Micro-States’, World Development, 1980, 8, 12, 953–62.

73. D. Livesay, ‘Other’, New Poems (Emblem Books, 1955).

74. J. D. Evans, ‘Islands as Laboratories for the Study of Cultural Process’, in C. Renfrew (ed.), The Explanation of Cultural Change: Models in Prehistory (Duckworth, 1973), pp. 517–20.

75. J. Lewis, 1990. ‘The Vulnerability of Small Island States to Sea Level Rise: The Need for Holistic Strategies’, Disasters, 1990, 14, 3, 241–8.

76. D. R. Phillips, ‘Islands, Health and Development’, Health and Place, 1995, 4, 4, 195–7.

77. J. Connell and R. King, ‘Island Migration in a Changing World’, in King and Connell (eds.), Small Worlds, Global Lives: Islands and Migration Island Studies (Pinter, 1999), pp. 1–26.

78. J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan (Hodder & Stoughton, 1911) (extract).

Volume IV: Venturing Beyond Nissology: Third-Millennium Island Studies

Part 10: Doing Island Studies

79. G. Baldacchino, ‘The Coming of Age of Island Studies’, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 2004, 95, 3, 272–83.

80. G. Baldacchino, ‘Studying Islands: On Whose Terms? Some Epistemological and Methodological Challenges to the Pursuit of Island Studies’, Island Studies Journal, 2008, 3, 1, 37–56.

81. L. Fletcher, ‘"… Some Distance to Go": A Critical Survey of Island Studies’, New Literatures Review, 2011, 47–8, 17–34.

82. B. Greenhough, ‘Tales of an Island-laboratory: Defining the Field in Geography and Science Studies’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 2006, 31, 2, 224–37.

83. P. Hay, ‘A Phenomenology of Islands’, Island Studies Journal, 2006, 1, 1, 19–42.

84. G. Y. Okihiro, ‘Unsettling the Imperial Sciences’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 2010, 28, 5, 745–58.

85. F. Péron, ‘The Contemporary Lure of the Island’, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 2004, 95, 3, 326–39.

86. J. Pugh, ‘Island Movements: Thinking with the Archipelago’, Island Studies Journal, 2013, 8, 1, 9–24.

87. S. A. Royle, ‘Islands of Dreams: Tourism, the Universal Panacea for Island Problems?’, A Geography of Islands: Small Island Insularity (Routledge, 2001), pp. 188–209.

88. A. Sides, L. Davis, and J. Rock, ‘Our View of Islands: Joining the Values of Science and Society’, Ecological Management & Restoration, 2014, 15, 2, 123–7.

89. J. Suwa, ‘The Space of Shima’, Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, 2007, 1, 1, 6–14.

Part 11: Descriptions and Understandings

90. C. Anckar, ‘Size, Islandness, and Democracy: A Global Comparison’, International Political Science Review, 2008, 29, 4, 433–59.

91. G. Baldacchino, ‘Editorial: Islands—Objects of Representation’, Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography, 2005, 87, 4, 247–51.

92. T. M. Blackburn, P. Cassey, R. P. Duncan, K. L. Evans, and K. J. Gaston, ‘Avian Extinction and Mammalian Introductions on Oceanic Islands’, Science, 2004, 305, 5692, 1955–8.

93. A. Grydehøj, ‘Guest Editorial Introduction: Understanding Island Cities’, Island Studies Journal, 2014, 9, 2, 183–90.

94. P. Hayward, ‘Aquapelagos and Aquapelagic Assemblages: Towards an Integrated Study of Island Societies and Marine Environments’, Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, 2012, 6, 1, 1–11.

95. M. S. Jackson and V. della Dora, ‘Spectacular Enclosures of Hope: Artificial Islands in the Gulf and the Present’, in T. K. Davidson, O. Park, and R. Shields (eds.), Ecologies of Affect: Placing Nostalgia, Desire and Hope (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011), pp. 293–316.

96. A. P. Webb and P. S. Kench, ‘The Dynamic Response of Reef Islands to Sea-Level Rise: Evidence from Multi-decadal Analysis of Island Change in the Central Pacific’, Global and Planetary Change, 2010, 72, 3, 234–46.

97. P. Weigelt, W. Jetz, and H. Kreft, ‘Bioclimatic and Physical Characterization of the World’s Islands’, PNAS, 2013, 110, 38, 15307–12.

Part 12: Fixed and Non-fixed Links

98. J. Lewis, ‘An Island Characteristic: Derivative Vulnerabilities to Indigenous and Exogenous Hazards’, Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, 2009, 3, 1, 3–15.

99. E. MacDonald, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters: The Fixed Link Debate on Prince Edward Island, 1885–1997’, in G. Baldacchino, Bridging Islands: The Impact of Fixed Links (Acorn Press, 2007), pp. 29–47.

100. P. D. Nunn, ‘Through a Mist on the Ocean: Human Understanding of Island Environments’, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 2004, 95, 3, 311–25.

101. G. Pungetti, ‘Islands, Culture, Landscape and Seascape’, Journal of Marine and Island Cultures, 2012, 2, 2, 51–4.

102. P. Vannini, ‘Constellations of Ferry (Im)mobility: Islandness as the Performance and Politics of Insulation and Isolation’, Cultural Geographies, 2011, 18, 249–71.

Part 13: Living the Island

103. E. Clark, ‘The Ballad Dance of the Faeroese: Island Biocultural Geography in an Age of Globalisation’, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 2004, 95, 3, 284–97.

104. P. Hayward, ‘Islands and Micronationality’, Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, 2014, 8, 1, 1–8.

105. I. Kelman, J. Lewis, J. C. Gaillard, and J. Mercer, ‘Participatory Action Research for Dealing with Disasters on Islands’, Island Studies Journal, 2011, 6, 1, 59–86.

106. S. A. Kerr, ‘What is Small Island Sustainable Development About?’, Ocean and Coastal Management, 2005, 48, 503–24.

107. T. Teiawa, ‘To Island’, in G. Baldacchino (ed.), A World of Islands: An Island Studies Reader (Malta Institute of Island Studies and Agenda Academic, 2007), p. 514.

108. D. Walcott, ‘The Schooner Flight’, The Star-Apple Kingdom, The Star-Apple (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1979).

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