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Toward 'sense of place': an ethnographic exploration of islandness

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This work combines ethnographic research with concepts drawn from island studies, and phenomenology of place, to investigate local constructions of island identity on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) Queensland, Australia. The research project explores embodied senses of place, lived experiences and perceptions of the environment, in the everyday lives and discourses of diverse island residents. Fieldwork was undertaken on North Stradbroke Island throughout 2014. The ethnographic material is analysed using approaches to islandness drawn from the evolving interdisciplinary field of island studies. Island studies seeks to explore the distinct features of island lives and cultures, studying islands ‘on their own terms’ (McCall 1994). The extreme diversity of physical islands, and the complex elaboration of island metaphors present conceptual obstacles to a coherent theorisation of islandness. Following Hay (2006) this thesis posits phenomenology of place as a productive approach to addressing the ‘radical particularity’ inherent in the vast diversity among islands. Drawing on concepts of place from philosophy, human geography and existential anthropology, sense of place opens up the everyday lived experience of embodied island existence, and identity. Phenomenology and the ‘lifeworld’ concept can address socially constructed intersubjective, and material physical dimensions of bodily entanglements in divergent local island landscapes.

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Table of Contents

Chapter One. From islandness to sense of place -- Chapter Two. What do islands mean? From myth to reality -- Chapter Three. Searching for islandness -- Chapter Four. Finding sense of place -- Chapter Five. Radically particular.

Notes

Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: leaves 48-51

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes

Degree

MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Anthrology

Department, Centre or School

Department of Anthropology

Year of Award

2015

Principal Supervisor

Chris Lyttleton

Rights

Copyright Sandra Craig 2014. Copyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au

Language

English

Extent

1 online resource (iv, 53 leaves)

Former Identifiers

mq:45212 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1075806