Deep identity, shallow time : sustaining a future in Victorian fishing communities

Minnegul, Monica, King, Tanya J., Just, Roger and Dwyer, Peter D. 2003, Deep identity, shallow time : sustaining a future in Victorian fishing communities, Australian journal of anthropology, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 53-71, doi: 10.1111/j.1835-9310.2003.tb00220.x.

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Title Deep identity, shallow time : sustaining a future in Victorian fishing communities
Author(s) Minnegul, Monica
King, Tanya J.ORCID iD for King, Tanya J.
Just, Roger
Dwyer, Peter D.
Journal name Australian journal of anthropology
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 53
End page 71
Total pages 19
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2003-04
ISSN 1035-8811
Summary Like commercial fishers everywhere, it seems, those living in coastal communities of Victoria perceive themselves to be under threat from recreational fishers, environmentalists, imposed management regimes, and modernisation and globalisation of the industry. In responding to these threats they appeal to conventional props of tradition--to continuity in genealogical time, affiliation with place and specialised knowledge and practice. This seems paradoxical, given that most established fishers in Victoria are first or second generation members of an industry that, through its 150-year history, has been characterised by innovation and mobility. That paradox, we argue, is more apparent than real. Fisher identity is grounded primarily in engagement with an environment that is not familiar to outsiders. The paradox arises because fishers, like others who seek to sustain a future in the face of threat from outsiders, reshape strongly felt identity as tradition.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1835-9310.2003.tb00220.x
Field of Research 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Australian Anthropological Society
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