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 Brinklow 2 Locations and classifications Christian Depraetere and Arthur Dahl 3 Origins and environments Patrick D. Nunn and Roselyn Kumar 4 Evolution Andrew J. Berry and Rosemary G. Gillespie 5 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 Johnson 8 Governance Edward Warrington and David Milne 9 Economics and development Geoff Bertram and Bernard Poirine 10 Tourism Sonya Graci and Patrick T. Maher 11 Migration John Connell 12 Health and wellbeing Robin Kearns and Tara Coleman 13 Literature and the literary gaze Elizabeth McMahon and Bénédicte André 14 Cities and urbanisation Adam Grydehøj and Ramanathan Swaminathan 15 Rivers and estuaries Mitul Baruah and Jenia Mukherjee 16 Society and community Godfrey Baldacchino and Wouter Veenendaal 17 Resilience and sustainability Ilan Kelman and James E. Randall 18 Brands and branding Godfrey Baldacchino and Susie Khamis 19 Commoning and alternative development Eric Clark and Siri M. Kjellberg 20 Artificial islands and islophilia Klaus Dodds and Veronica della Dora 21 Futures: green and blue Graeme Robertson
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).