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History and identity across small islands: a Caribbean and a personal journey

Godfrey Baldacchino
  • Department of Sociology, University of Malta, Malta Vice-President, International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA)
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Published Online: 2013-06-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10288-012-0038-x


This paper is largely autobiographical: I chart my own intellectual journey across the history, culture and identity of so-called `small` islands, with a special reference to the Caribbean. To do so, I reflect on my own forays into literature that discussed Caribbean history and culture; my own research experience in Barbados in connection with my doctoral research; and coming up to the present with insights that have emerged in the pursuit of an island studies imagination in my professional work. The paper concludes with a calling, and a justification, for the pursuit of island studies.

Keywords: Caribbean; decolonisation; island studies; Malta; Norwell Harrigan; Virgin Islands

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Citation Information: Miscellanea Geographica - Regional Studies on Development, Volume 17, Issue 2, Pages 5–11, ISSN (Print) 2084-6118, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10288-012-0038-x.

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