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Lighthouses, pilotage and technology: the impact on small island societies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2016 (English)In: Island Studies Journal, ISSN 1715 – 2593, Vol. 11, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Canada, 2016. Vol. 11, no 2
Keyword [en]
Development Theory
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304094OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-304094DiVA: diva2:1010142

This paper discusses how lighthouses and pilot services have been bearers of technology intended to improve the safety and reliability of maritime shipping. The introduction of technology has had a considerable impact on many small island societies through state involvement meant to reduce hazards in navigation and shipping. The impact has, however, been manifold and varied, and including positive and less positive impacts. Indeed, small islands and islanders have generally never been the beneficiaries of large scale, state-driven technology programs seeking to modernize society. As an exception, however, certain small islands have traditionally been of interest to the state due to their locations, either for defence purposes or to assist seafarers’ navigation in hazardous waters. This paper reviews the thrust and effects of investment in lighthouses and pilotage services on small islands. It concludes with a brief case story from a small populated island in Sweden that has undergone several periods of development and stagnation as a result of technology and state involvement.

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