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A phenomenology of islands

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Hay, PR, A phenomenology of islands, Island Studies Journal, 1, (1) pp. 19-42. ISSN 1715-2593 (2006) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

The question is posed: is a coherent theory of islandness – nissology – possible? Faultlines within constructions of islands and islandness are noted. Some of these axes of contestation have remained latent but have the potential to be sharply divisive. Three of the identified faultlines are examined – the nature of the island ‘edge’, the import for questions of island memory and identity of massive inward and outward movements of people, and the appropriation of island ‘realness’ by those for whom ‘island’ best functions as metaphor. A case is made for the excision of the latter from the purview of island studies. Despite apparent irreconcilability within island studies’ emerging faultlines, it is argued that place theory does constitute a theoretical framing that can work for island studies. Following a brief overview of the faultlines that also exist within place studies, it is noted that the difference-respecting and identity focused nature of phenomenology of place is particularly apposite for island studies, and the paper concludes with a consideration of what a phenomenology of islands might look like.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:islands, island studies, nissology, place, phenomenology, faultlines
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Human Geography
Research Field:Social and Cultural Geography
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Other Cultural Understanding
Objective Field:Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Author:Hay, PR (Dr Peter Hay)
ID Code:40040
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2012-10-09
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