Over het boek:
Fisher folk have frequently been romanticized in a rather heroic
fashion as a kind of ''noble savages'' at home. However, in the
harsh reality of everyday life, they were usually poor and often
stigmatized for being quaint, backward and uncivilized.
But, despite the occupation''s social status and imagery, fisher folk
still take pride in it and thoroughly enjoy what they do. Fishing is
not merely a job, it is also a way of life, as has been noted time
and again by anthropologists.
This study combines ethnography and anthropological analysis.
It throws light on cultural dimensions of fishing and whaling in
Europe and the United States.
The chapters deal with such classic anthropological themes as:
tradition, ritual, taboo, ideology, identity, animal symbolism and
how these topics intermingle with cultural and environmental
politics in either positive or negative ways.