The Ballad Dance of the Faeroese: Island Biocultural Geography in an Age of Globalisation

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Boundary issues are central to globalisation – the expansion and time-space integration of human societies – and to both biological and cultural diversity. The latter are, in turn, intrinsically related in processes of coevolution that generate change in the patchwork quilt of cultural and natural landscapes. These processes are especially discernible in small island societies. This paper argues that island studies can enhance our understanding of globalisation processes and how these are involved in the displacement of boundaries and the historically unprecedented decline in both biological and cultural diversity.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Human Geography
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


  • globalisation, island studies, boundaries, coevolution, biodiversity, cultural diversity, scale
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIsland Studies
EditorsIlan Kelman, Godfrey Baldacchino
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781138014596
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 31
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameCritical Concepts in Geography

Bibliographic note

Article originally published in Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 2004, reprinted in this anthology, a four volume collection of key island studies work.