The Routledge International Handbook of Island Studies, edited by Godfrey Baldacchino, has been selected as an Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) by Choice Magazine.
Choice published its Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) list in December 2019. This list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice during the previous calendar year and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic community. This year’s complete list features 521 books and digital resources from 132 publishers. (The items on the list published by Routledge are available at www.routledge.com/collections/8192.)
Bill Mickey, Choice editorial director, remarked that the OATs "represent a remarkable cross-section of published research. We’re proud to shine a spotlight on the hard work from authors, editors and publishers in the academic community."
The Routledge International Handbook of Island Studies is a global, research-based and pluri-disciplinary overview of the study of islands. Its chapters deal with the contribution of islands to literature, social science and natural science, as well as other applied areas of inquiry. The collated expertise of 40 interdisciplinary and international scholars offers unique insights: individual chapters dwell on geomorphology, zoology and evolutionary biology; the history, sociology, economics and politics of island communities; tourism, wellbeing and migration; as well as island branding, resilience and 'commoning'. The text also offers pioneering forays into the study of islands that are cities, along rivers or artificial constructions.
This Handbook appeals to geographers, environmentalists, sociologists, political scientists and, one hopes, some of the 600 million or so people who live on islands or are interested in the rich dynamics of islands and island life.
A review of the book, by Dr Jonathan Pugh, is available online. [Access the PDF]