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Environment, Labour and Capitalism at Sea: Working the Ground' in Scotland

Penny McCall Howard


How do fishers extend their bodies and senses to work beneath the surface of the sea in places they cannot see, have never been, and could not survive in? And at what risk? This book explores how fishers make the sea productive through their labour, using technologies ranging from wooden boats to digital GPS plotters to extend their senses and range of effective work, in the process creating familiar places in a seemingly hostile environment. It shows how the lives of fishers are deeply affected by capitalist commodity relations. Drawing on years of participant observation at sea in the west o ... More

Keywords: Anthropology, Scotland, Labour, Marx, Capitalism, Human-environment relations, Place, The sea, Fishing, Ethnography, Nephrops, Senses

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781784994143
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784994143.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Penny McCall Howard, author
Maritime Union of Australia