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The Routledge International Handbook of Island Studies

A World of Islands, 1st Edition

Edited by Godfrey Baldacchino


460 pages | 179 B/W Illus.

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From tourist paradises to immigrant detention camps, from offshore finance centres to strategic military bases, islands offer distinct identities and spaces in an increasingly homogenous and placeless world. The study of islands is important, for its own sake and on its own terms. But so is the notion that the island is a laboratory, a place for developing and testing ideas, and from which lessons can be learned and applied elsewhere.

The Routledge International Handbook of Island Studies is a global, research-based and pluri-disciplinary overview of the study of islands. Its chapters deal with the contribution of islands to literature, social science and natural science, as well as other applied areas of inquiry. The collated expertise of interdisciplinary and international scholars offers unique insights: individual chapters dwell on geomorphology, zoology and evolutionary biology; the history, sociology, economics and politics of island communities; tourism, wellbeing and migration; as well as island branding, resilience and ‘commoning’. The text also offers pioneering forays into the study of islands that are cities, along rivers or artificial constructions.

This insightful Handbook will appeal to geographers, environmentalists, sociologists, political scientists and, one hopes, some of the 600 million or so people who live on islands or are interested in the rich dynamics of islands and island life.

Table of Contents

PART I Foundations of islands and island life 1 Definitions and typologies Stephen A. Royle and Laurie Brinklow2 Locations and classifications Christian Depraetere and Arthur Dahl3 Origins and environments Patrick D. Nunn and Roselyn Kumar4 Evolution Andrew J. Berry and Rosemary G. Gillespie5 Flora Diana M. Percy, Quentin C. B. Cronk and Stephen Blackmore6 Fauna R. J. ‘Sam’ Berry and Adrian M. Lister PART II The human world of islands 7 History and colonisation Robert Aldrich and Miranda Johnson8 Governance Edward Warrington and David Milne9 Economics and development Geoff Bertram and Bernard Poirine10 TourismSonya Graci and Patrick T. Maher11 Migration John Connell12 Health and wellbeing Robin Kearns and Tara Coleman13 Literature and the literary gaze Elizabeth McMahon and Bénédicte André14 Cities and urbanisation Adam Grydehøj and Ramanathan Swaminathan15 Rivers and estuaries Mitul Baruah and Jenia Mukherjee16 Society and community Godfrey Baldacchino and Wouter Veenendaal17 Resilience and sustainability Ilan Kelman and James E. Randall18 Brands and branding Godfrey Baldacchino and Susie Khamis19 Commoning and alternative development Eric Clark and Siri M. Kjellberg20 Artificial islands and islophilia Klaus Dodds and Veronica della Dora21 Futures: green and blue Graeme Robertson

About the Editor

Godfrey Baldacchino is Professor of Sociology at the University of Malta; UNESCO Co-Chair (Island Studies and Sustainability) at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada; President of the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA); and Founding Executive Editor of Island Studies Journal (2006–2016).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography