Inverted Crusoeism: Deliberately marooning yourself on an island

Vicente Bicudo de Castro, Matthias Muskat

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This article introduces the concept of Inverted Crusoeism to research into island cultures. The concept derives from the works of J.G. Ballard and provides a reason as to why people would deliberately maroon themselves on a remote island. An analogy is drawn between the concept of Inverted Crusoeism and the choice of David Glasheen to live in isolation on Restoration (Ma’alpiku) Island in Far North Queensland, Australia. Therefore, whereas islandness and aislamiento define the concept of an island and sets its boundaries, this article extends the conceptual framework of the concept of shima, proposing Inverted Crusoeism as a reason why people would choose to subject themselves
to a life of isolation on a remote island.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252–268
Number of pages17
JournalShima: the international journal of research into island cultures
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


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