R. van Ginkel
Coastal cultures. An anthropology of fishing and whaling traditions
Number of pages: 192
Status: Published - can be ordered - can be delivered
Price: € 29.50
Publisher : Het Spinhuis
|About the book:
Fisher folk have frequently been romanticized in a rather heroic
fashion as a kind of ''noble savages'' at home. However, in the
harsh reality of everyday life, they were usually poor and often
stigmatized for being quaint, backward and uncivilized.
But, despite the occupation''s social status and imagery, fisher folk
still take pride in it and thoroughly enjoy what they do. Fishing is
not merely a job, it is also a way of life, as has been noted time
and again by anthropologists.
This study combines ethnography and anthropological analysis.
It throws light on cultural dimensions of fishing and whaling in
Europe and the United States.
The chapters deal with such classic anthropological themes as:
tradition, ritual, taboo, ideology, identity, animal symbolism and
how these topics intermingle with cultural and environmental
politics in either positive or negative ways.
About the author(s):
Rob van Ginkel is an anthropologist and associate professor at the Dept. of
Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam. He has published
widely on fisheries-related topics. With Jojada Verrips, he was a founding
editor of Maritime Anthropological Studies (MAST).