Dr. Olwig is a professor of landscape planning at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE-230 53 Alnarp, Sweden.
ARE ISLANDERS INSULAR? A PERSONAL VIEW*
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2007 American Geographical Society
Volume 97, Issue 2, pages 175–190, April 2007
How to Cite
OLWIG, K. R. (2007), ARE ISLANDERS INSULAR? A PERSONAL VIEW. Geographical Review, 97: 175–190. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2007.tb00397.x
I would like to thank the editors for their islandic inspiration in writing this article, and Denis Cosgrove and the anonymous peer reviewer for their insightful comments, which particularly helped me to draw this article to its concluding departure.
4. The word “world” derives from the Old English weoruld, meaning something like “human existence, this world, age,” in which the sense of age is something like the sense in the age of reason or the ancient Grecian age (world) of islands (mw 2000, “world”).
5. The dramatic docking of the Staten Island ferry at Manhattan is due to the fact that shifting crosscurrents of water and wind affect the waters off the southern tip of the island at the confluence of the Hudson and East Rivers. As a ship loses speed it loses its ability to steer in a crosscurrent, so the captain needs to keep up some speed while heading into the slip, and it is the crashing into the flexible wooden pilings on the slides of the slip that helps brake the movement of the vessel (together with a violent reversal of the propeller that churns up the water and shakes the boat). The thresholds between water and land are viscerally felt on the Staten Island ferry.
6. It has also become a right of free passage (now paid for by the city).
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