(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Contested enclave metageographies : the offshore islands of Taiwan

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

BALDACCHINO G. (1) ; TSAI H.-M. (2) ;
(1) Dept. of Sociology, Univ. of Malta, La Valette, MALTE
(2) Univ. of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, CANADA


This article examines contested enclave metageographies through the example of the offshore islands of Taiwan. Three cases – (1) population growth, land use conflict, a switch from a military to a tourism economy, and ever closer links between mainland China and Kinmen Island; (2) the rejection of a move to establish a casino economy on the Penghu archipelago; and (3) protests against the storage of spent nuclear waste on Orchid Island are presented as illustrative of such changing topographies, themselves reflective of a transition to a more democratic and pluralist society in Taiwan. It concludes that this re-territorialization offers a fresh, archipelagic repivoting of political geography for and beyond Taiwan.


Article of periodic

published at : Political geography / ISSN 0962-6298

Editor : Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford - ROYAUME-UNI (1992)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 40 [pp. 13-24]

Collation : fig., tabl., cartes



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