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People, place and fish: Exploring the social and cultural meanings of small-scale fisheries through photography and sense of place

People, place and fish: Exploring the social and cultural meanings of small-scale fisheries through photography and sense of place

Urquhart, Julie and Acott, Timothy (2013) People, place and fish: Exploring the social and cultural meanings of small-scale fisheries through photography and sense of place. In: CESS – TBTI International Conference on Small-Scale Fisheries Governance: Development for Wellbeing and Sustainability, 10-13 Dec 2013, Hyderabad, India.

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Abstract

Increasing emphasis is being placed on understanding the social value of fisheries, especially small-scale fisheries, and ensuring these are incorporated into policy and management decision-making. For many fisheries-dependent communities, fishing is important not just for economic livelihoods, but plays an important social and cultural role in terms of local identity, heritage, wellbeing and social cohesion. This paper will report on existing work carried out as part of a European Interreg 4a 2 Seas project: GIFS (Geography of Inshore Fishing and Sustainability) that aims to understand the socio-cultural values of inshore fishing through a ‘sense of place’ approach. We present the preliminary results of a ‘Sensing Fishing Places’ survey (n=1600) that sought to ‘measure’ sense of place attributes, such as place attachment and place identity, in different fishing communities. We also discuss the use of photography and photo elicitation as a way of exploring how diverse marine/coastal environments shape fishing activity and how this spills out into cultural representations in coastal towns and villages. Through a combination of photographs taken by the local community, ourselves as researchers and a professional photographer, we explore how small-scale fisheries contribute to the social and cultural wellbeing of coastal communities. The photographs are being displayed in local community exhibitions as a way of raising awareness about the social value of small-scale fisheries and provide an accessible means of discussing the often intangible dimensions of identity, heritage and wellbeing. We will also discuss the potential for using approaches such as sense of place and photo elicitation in a developing country context.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Plenary)
Additional Information: [1] This paper was presented within the Production Session on 10 December 2013 during the CESS – TBTI International Conference on Small-Scale Fisheries Governance: Development for Wellbeing and Sustainability held from 9-14 December 2013 in Hyderabad, India.
Uncontrolled Keywords: small-scale fisheries, cultural values, photography, sense of place
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Science
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:26
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11016

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