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Small Worlds, Global Lives : Islands and Migration - Russell King

Small Worlds, Global Lives

Islands and Migration

By: Russell King (Editor), Professor John Connell (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st October 1999
ISBN: 9781855675483
Number Of Pages: 336

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As "small worlds", where resources are often stretched, islands have had an intense experience of migration. For many small islands in a global era, migration represents a dialogue between different places, some urban, some rural. This book examines diverse facets of migration out of and into a variety of islands, from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific. It traces the way in which migration is of crucial importance, for demography, economics, culture, indeed the whole of island life and identity; it contrasts with the reality of emigration and the rhetoric of return. Topics explored include include migration and environmental change, language shifts, remittances, retirement migration, post-colonial identities and islanders on the Internet. The evidence shows that migration emerges our of islanders' needs, but inevitably transforms insular societies, changing values and expectations, yet rarely if ever contributing to a situation where it is no longer necessary.

Contributorsp. vii
List of Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. x
Island Migration in a Changing Worldp. 1
From the Periphery of the Periphery: Historical, Cultural and Literary Perspectives on Emigration from the Minor Islands of Irelandp. 27
The Azores: Between Europe and North Americap. 55
Emigration and Demography in Cape Verde: Escaping the Malthusian Trapp. 77
Insiders and Outsiders: The Role of Insularity, Migration and Modernity on Grand Manan, New Brunswickp. 95
Migration as a Way of Life: Nevis and the Post-war Labour Movement to Britainp. 115
The Breath of 'The Beast': Migration, Volcanic Disaster, Place and Identity in Montserratp. 137
Caribbean Migration: Motivation and Choice of Destination in West Indian Literaturep. 161
Between the Devil and a Warm Blue Sea: Islands and the Migration Experience in the Fiction of Jamaica Kincaidp. 177
'My Island Home': The Politics and Poetics of the Torres Straitp. 195
Speaking of Norfolk Island: From Dystopia to Utopia?p. 213
Islanders in Space: Tongans Onlinep. 235
Spatial Population Mobility as Social Interaction: A Fijian Island's Multi-local Village Communityp. 255
The Changing Contours of Migrant Samoan Kinshipp. 277
Islands as Havens for Retirement Migration: Finding a Place in Sunny Corfup. 297
Indexp. 321
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ISBN: 9781855675483
ISBN-10: 185567548X
Series: Island Studies Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st October 1999
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1