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Identity formation in gibraltar: Geopolitical, historical and cultural factors

Peter, Gold

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Gold Peter



Abstract

The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar in the Iberian Peninsula has been a British possession since 1704 and has been British by treaty since 1713. Spain has attempted to reclaim sovereignty of ‘the Rock’ ever since, culminating in a 16-year blockade from 1969. As the results of a survey show, despite a population whose origins are more evidently Mediterranean than British, the inhabitants have remained fiercely attached to Britain and in the process have created a hybrid identity of ‘British Gibraltarian’ which is more determined by political than ethnic factors, is based on ‘not-Spanish’ identity markers and is not unrelated to three uninterrupted centuries of British jurisdiction.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2010
Journal Geopolitics
Print ISSN 1465-0045
Electronic ISSN 1557-3028
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 2
Pages 367-384
APA6 Citation Peter, G., & Gold, P. (2010). Identity formation in gibraltar: Geopolitical, historical and cultural factors. Geopolitics, 15(2), 367-384. https://doi.org/10.1080/14650040903486975
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14650040903486975
Keywords Gibraltar, Spain, enclaves
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14650040903486975

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