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Title: The lure of the island : a spatial analysis of power relations
Authors: Baldacchino, Godfrey
Keywords: Islands
Island life
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Baldacchino, G. (2012). The lure of the island : a spatial analysis of power relations. Journal of Marine and Island Cultures, 1(2), 55-62.
Abstract: Islands – especially small ones – are now, unwittingly, the objects of what may be the most lavish, global and consistent branding exercise in human history. This paper draws on a post-structuralist perspective to propose an understanding of ‘‘the island lure’’ by disentangling and unpacking four, inter-related, constituent components of ‘islandness’. These components are themselves borrowed and adapted from a spatial analysis of power and power relations, and especially from Henri Lefebvre’s treatise on spaces of production. In its ontological approach, the paper offers a different critique of the representation of islands and island life.
Description: An earlier draft of this paper was presented as the keynote address at the 8th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM), Valletta, Malta, June 2009.
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