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Constructing ‘The Stade’: Fishers’ and non-fishers’ identity and place attachment in Hastings, south-east England

Constructing ‘The Stade’: Fishers’ and non-fishers’ identity and place attachment in Hastings, south-east England

Urquhart, Julie and Acott, Tim (2012) Constructing ‘The Stade’: Fishers’ and non-fishers’ identity and place attachment in Hastings, south-east England. Marine Policy, 37. pp. 45-54. ISSN 0308-597X (doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2012.04.004)

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Abstract

Many coastal communities have strong links to fishing that span generations where fishing is a way of life that goes beyond the means to earning a living. Fishing’s influence is not confined to those activities that take place at sea, but spills over onto land to create a particular identity and sense of place in coastal towns inherently linked to fishing. Using Hastings in south-east England, with Britain’s largest beach-launched fleet, as a case study, this paper considers how marine fishing contributes to place- making. Through an examination of the physical environment and semi-structured interviews, the study found that fishers have deep attachments to the fishing beach, called the Stade, which also defines their identity as individuals and as a fishing community. Non-fishers also value the contribution that fishing makes to the character of the town and its importance for related industries such as tourism. A deeper understanding of the attachments that fishers and non-fishers form with fishing places is needed to inform both local planning and regeneration strategies and, more broadly, fisheries and marine policy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Marine Policy, Volume 37, January 2013, Pages 45–54. Theme - Social and cultural impacts of marine fisheries.
Uncontrolled Keywords: place identity, place attachment, small-scale fisheries, Hastings, sense of place
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Sciences
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10410

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