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Islands, the Anthropocene, and decolonisation


Stratford, E and Farbotko, C and Watson, P and Kitara, T and Berthelsen, J and Chnaraki, M and Ginoza, A and Cozier, C and Hardenberg, JE, Islands, the Anthropocene, and decolonisation, Antipode pp. 1-20. ISSN 0066-4812 (2023) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/anti.12924


The Anthropocene is deployed as incontrovertible fact, yet its foundations merit strong critique to challenge how particular voices and locations are absented, silenced, or enrolled in the fallacies that attend this epochal framework. Other placed, grounded, and scale-sensitive explanations exist for present and future state scenarios, including on islands—often the focus of apocalyptic thinking. Dealing with historical and contemporary struggles to decolonise is more powerful than engaging with a reified framework that is part of ongoing colonial-imperial excesses, uneven development, and racial capitalism. This work considers how four of us, as instigating authors, worked with five others, as collaborating authors, to understand academic works, activism, and artistic expressions of island life and concerns. Our aim was to learn about how and why their efforts to prioritise decolonisation is at the heart of what is needed to shore up island peoples’ futures.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aesthetic reckoning, flow, geopower, islands and archipelagos, language, local and particular
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Cultural geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Stratford, E (Professor Elaine Stratford)
UTAS Author:Watson, P (Dr Phillipa Watson)
ID Code:154852
Year Published:2023
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2023-01-14
Last Modified:2023-01-18

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