Critiquing the SNIJ hypothesis with Corsica and Hawai'i

Zachary Androus, Neyooxet Greymorning

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This article incorporates an island Indigenous perspective into a discussion of the popular sub-national island jurisdiction (SNIJ) hypothesis that focuses on cultural and political aspects. Corsica and Hawai'i both fit the SNIJ profile; but, in each case, the island Indigenous population is excluded from the benefits that accrue to affiliated islands. An Indigenous perspective on the question of affiliation includes consideration of cultural factors like language and identity in addition to political elements like sovereignty, independence, and affiliation. Any SNIJ or independent small island that bears a colonial history requires accounting for the island Indigenous populations as distinct elements. Corsicans and Hawaiians alike have suffered loss of language, land, and lifeways since their transitions from independence to dependency, demonstrating that measures beyond the economic and sociodemographic need to be taken into account when determining the well-being of an island territory in its particular stage of decolonization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-464
Number of pages18
JournalIsland Studies Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2016


  • Corsica
  • Decolonization
  • Hawai'i
  • Independence
  • Indigeneity
  • Islands
  • Subnational island jurisdiction (SNIJ)


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