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Tuvalu, sovereignty and climate change: considering fenua, the archipelago and emigration

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Stratford, E and Farbotko, C and Lazrus, H (2013) Tuvalu, sovereignty and climate change: considering fenua, the archipelago and emigration. Island Studies Journal, 8 (1). pp. 67-83. ISSN 1715-2593

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Abstract

Tuvalu is a Pacific atoll nation-state that has come to stand for predicaments implicating climate change, forced emigration and resettlement, and loss of territory and sovereignty. Legal and policy remedies seek to address such challenges by radically reframing how sovereignty is conceived. Drawing on literary and legal theory, we seek to extend such
work in the terms of cultural geography and anthropology by considering how the archipelago
and cultural practices known as <i>fenua</i> could be deployed as symbolic and material resources emphasizing mobility and connection, in contrast to normative ideas of sovereignty, whose orientation to territory imperils atoll states. Our fundamental argument is that legal and policy reforms addressing climate change emigration must be enriched by accounting for the
emotional geographies that attend the changing real and conceptual borders of sovereignty and
by creating alternative spaces of hope and action.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Island Studies Journal
Publisher: University of Prince Edward Island
Page Range: pp. 67-83
ISSN: 1715-2593
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Copyright 2013 Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution: No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported Licence

Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2016 23:59
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2016 23:59
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