Contested enclave metageographies: The offshore islands of Taiwan

Godfrey Baldacchino, Huei Min Tsai

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Abstract

The offshore islands of Taiwan (Republic of China) are dynamic examples of contested metageographies, island spaces caught in between competing and opposing interpretations of their identities, relativities, notions of sustainability and futures. 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. The paper hints at an evolving shift in both vertical (top/down) and horizontal (island-to-island) relations in the construction of development paths and futures for Taiwan's de facto archipelago. This re-territorialization offers a fresh, archipelagic repivoting of political geography for and beyond Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-24
Number of pages12
JournalPolitical Geography
Volume40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 May

Keywords

  • Archipelago
  • China
  • Enclaves
  • Islands
  • Kinmen
  • Matsu
  • Metageographies
  • Offshore
  • Orchid Island
  • Penghu
  • Sustainable development
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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