Bridging Islands: The Impact of Fixed Links

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Godfrey Baldacchino
Acorn Press, 2007 - Social Science - 284 pages
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What happens when bridges, causeways, tunnels -- fixed links -- irrevocably connect islands to mainlands? Are "islandhood" and island ways of life threatened? Or are they saved by their stronger integration with the world at large? Good questions for Confederation Bridge's 10th anniversary. Bridging Islands is a critical interdisciplinary scoreboard of the pros and cons of bridging islands to mainlands. Among the internationally recognized contributors are Jean Didier Hachi, Rennes, France; Stephen Royle, Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland, and Philip W. Conkling, founder and director, Island Institute, Rockland, Maine. They review the sociocultural, economic, and political impacts of fixed links on small island communities, with essays on Prince Edward Island's Confederation Bridge, Cape Breton's Canso Causeway, and islands in Quebec and Newfoundland, the Florida Keys, Ireland, France, Scotland, Sweden, and Singapore.

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A Strained Relationship
Island Passages 15
The Fixed Link Debate

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Godfrey Baldacchino is Lecturer and Research Officer, Workers' Participation Development Center, University of Malta, Malta.
David Milne is Professor Emeritus, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

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