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Braving Troubled Waters

Sea Change in a Dutch Fishing Community

Braving Troubled Waters by Rob van Ginkel
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This ethnographic study is about Dutch fisher folk's engagements with erratic marine living resources, capricious markets and the vicissitudes of political interventions in the fishing industry from the early 18th century until the present day, with an emphasis on post-war developments. More specifically, it focuses on the owner-operators, deckhands, fishermen's wives and others involved in the fisheries of Texel, an island in the north-western part of the Netherlands. The book attempts to situate their occupational community at the interface of local and (supra)-national processes and aims to show how the latter affect the socio-cultural fabric of the island's fishing villages and prompt particular responses in the fishermen's perceptions and modes of action. It elucidates how they have been braving treacherous waters, in both a real and a metaphorically sense, for many decades.
Amsterdam University Press; May 2009
339 pages; ISBN 9789048508136
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Title: Braving Troubled Waters
Author: Rob van Ginkel