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Career decision making in island communities: applying the concept of the aquapelago to the Shetland and Orkney Islands, IN Shima: the International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, Vol 9 No 1 2015, pp38-52

Explores the concept of the 'aquapelago' in the context of young islanders' career decisions in Orkney and Shetland. Discusses: career decision-making in island contexts; understanding the island context, with an examination of the role of the sea; and the particular case of the Orkney and Shetland archipelagos, and how the 'aquapelagic' nature of the islands impacts on the migration and career choices of young residents. Suggests that the notion of the aquapelago brings together three key aspects of island contexts: labour markets, migrations and cultural background. Concludes that the concept provides a useful reframing of island contexts, but suggests that a greater awareness of diversity between different island aquapelagos and different inhabitants within these aquapelagos may be necessary.


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