Crisis of meanings : divergent experiences and perceptions of the marine environment in Victoria, Australia

King, Tanya J. 2005, Crisis of meanings : divergent experiences and perceptions of the marine environment in Victoria, Australia, The Australian journal of anthropology, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 350-365.

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Title Crisis of meanings : divergent experiences and perceptions of the marine environment in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) King, Tanya J.
Journal name The Australian journal of anthropology
Volume number 16
Issue number 3
Start page 350
End page 365
Total pages 16
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2005-12
ISSN 1035-8811
Summary The oceans of the world are regularly depicted as under threat from human exploitation with the problem portrayed as being of 'global' concern. In a world market characterised by the division of labour, many of those who eat fish do so without directly experiencing the ocean as a domain of productive utility. Rather, their encounters are with representations that depict the 'natural' world as an aesthetic object of contemplation, and environmentalist discourses that identify human activities as' threatening marine ecosystems. So prevalent is this experience that tangible institutions, such as state fisheries management bodies, have emerged, acting to reinforce the ontology of this 'contemplated' ocean, giving weight to the illusion that humans can, and should, appreciate it only from afar. In this representation, commercial fishers are regularly depicted as transgressing a 'natural' boundary between humans and the environment. It is when the world is simultaneously encountered as an object of consumptive utility and aesthetic utility that the human role in the environment becomes ambiguous and a sense of crisis arises. This paper investigates disjunctions in experiences and understandings that contribute to environmental anxiety, and debates over the appropriate use of the ocean.
Language eng
Field of Research 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Australian Anthropological Society
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