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People, place and fish: exploring the cultural meanings of inshore fishing through photography and performance

People, place and fish: exploring the cultural meanings of inshore fishing through photography and performance

Urquhart, Julie and Acott, Tim (2013) People, place and fish: exploring the cultural meanings of inshore fishing through photography and performance. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2013: New Geographical Frontiers, 27-30 Aug 2013, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Increasing emphasis is being placed on understanding the social value of fisheries and ensuring these are incorporated into policy and management approaches. Further, with the green paper on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy putting forward the recommendation for a differentiated management regime with the inshore sector being focused on social objectives, it is important to evaluate the contribution of inshore fishing to the social and cultural wellbeing of coastal communities. For many fishing dependent communities, fishing is important not just for economic livelihoods, but plays an important social and cultural role in terms of heritage, sense of place, local identity and social cohesion. The 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 value of inshore fishing to sense of place. We adopt a qualitative and creative approach through the use of community, researcher and professional photography to understand the diverse landscapes of fishing across the region. Through photography we want to capture how these landscapes are shaping the practice of fishing and how they influence the character and identity of those places. The photographs will be displayed in community exhibitions and used as a research tool to undercover, through community discussion groups, what fishing means to people who live and work in fishing places. They will be run in association with a community performance/story telling project. We suggest that such a co-constructionist account of the relationship between sea and land can provide a starting point for understanding the cultural landscape that emerges as a result of fishing.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] This paper was presented at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2013, "New Geographical Frontiers", held from 27-30 August 2013 in London, UK. The paper was given on 29 August 2013 within Session 4, New Frontiers of Connecting Communities in the Creative Economy (2).
Uncontrolled Keywords: sense of place, photography, inshore fishing
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
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/11017

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