Identity formation in Gibraltar: Geopolitical, historical and cultural factors

Gold, P. (2010) Identity formation in Gibraltar: Geopolitical, historical and cultural factors. Geopolitics, 15 (2). pp. 367-384. ISSN 1465-0045 Available from:

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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.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gibraltar, Spain, enclaves
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
ID Code:16387
Deposited By: Professor P. Gold
Deposited On:16 Jan 2012 10:30
Last Modified:02 Dec 2016 16:56

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