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Climate migrants and new identities? The geopolitics of embracing or rejecting mobility


Farbotko, C and Stratford, E and Lazrus, H, Climate migrants and new identities? The geopolitics of embracing or rejecting mobility, Social and Cultural Geography, 17, (4) pp. 533-552. ISSN 1464-9365 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2015 Crown Copyright in the Commonwealth of Australia

DOI: doi:10.1080/14649365.2015.1089589


New evidence is emerging to suggest that climate change mobility is giving effect to changing forms of island identity among Tuvaluans and i-Kiribati. This nascent shift prompts a number of questions addressed in this paper. What, for example, does climate change migration mean for island identity and its geographic performance? How does the spatialization of identity inform shared experiences of climate change, and how does identity assist in the formation of shared positions from which to advocate for change? Drawing on discourses of sedentarism and mobilization among Tuvaluan and i-Kiribati, we explore performances of identity related to climate change being fashioned and refashioned in different contexts.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate migration, identity, geopolitics, mobility, Tuvalu, Kiribati
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Stratford, E (Professor Elaine Stratford)
ID Code:102068
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:34
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2015-07-27
Last Modified:2017-11-21

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