Mondes insulaires : espaces, temporalités, ressources

Abstract : Islands were studied for a long time as simple peripheral territories, territories which flesh out the seamless continuation of continental logic, meaningless territories without the prism and perspective of metropolitan power. Through the field of the island studies, critical questions cross various island experiences and their context of development and their configurations; or otherwise study specific temporalities, connectivities and materialities, in the context of globalization. To study islands requires taking the measure of these territories, far from any monolithic vision, to analyze their space with regard to their social and political realities, to identify their economic clout and their context of development and the legacies of the history, in consideration of their geographical neighbourhood. It is a question of considering the exogenous logics which make the island and interrogate its internal dynamics. The subject of study is the island, "island" as object, the island in the management of its space, the definition of its territorial project, the positioning of the island in its environmental perspective and the opportunities it enjoys and the strategies it deploys in the globalized economy. The wealth of scholarship of and about islands and island societies extends beyond the simple spatial frame of the island; ‘the Island’ can be understood as a synecdoche, a convenient, manageable and reasonable microcosm of the continent.
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Godfrey Baldacchino, Olivier Dehoorne. Mondes insulaires : espaces, temporalités, ressources. Etudes Caribéennes, Université des Antilles, 2014, Mondes insulaires : espaces, temporalités, ressources, ⟨http://etudescaribeennes.revues.org/7250⟩. ⟨10.4000/etudescaribeennes.7272⟩. ⟨hal-01368434⟩

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