'An island between' : multiple migrations and the repertoires of a St Helenian identity
Parker, Charlotte (2012) 'An island between' : multiple migrations and the repertoires of a St Helenian identity. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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The small Island of St Helena is a British Overseas Territory. In 1981 the British
Nationality Act denied the islanders their British citizenship rights and in 2002 their
rights as British citizens were fully restored. As a consequence of the return of
British citizenship, a new wave of migration has occurred whereby many islanders
are migrating to the UK.
Embedded within an ethnographic framework, the thesis draws upon 68 interviews
undertaken with St Helenians both on and off the island. Drawing upon the islanders
stories, narratives and repertoires, this thesis oscillates between the two fields of
Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies.
The analysis combines the anthropological truth claims of the community, as well as
utilizes a post-structuralist approach that investigates the data for a micro
understanding of discourse, ideology, identity, nuance and complexity, that
demonstrates the paradoxical investments for the islanders.
For cultural analytical triangulation, the theoretical concepts of Althusser, Bourdieu,
Plummer and Bakhtin have been drawn upon, to investigate the feelings, emotions,
cultural values and symbolic practices as demonstrated by the St Helenian
This thesis is a study of St Helenianness alongside Britishness and Islandness.
Migration, identity, Diaspora, transnationalism and citizenship are common themes
within this thesis, but the contribution is specifically to island studies.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Saint Helena -- Population, Saint Helena -- Emigration and immigration, Nationalism -- Saint Helena|
|Official Date:||April 2012|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Sociology|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Steinberg, Deborah Lynn ; Cohen, Robin, 1944-|
|Extent:||400 leaves : illustrations|
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