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Maritime Studies journal Special Issue: "(En)Gendering Change in Small-scale Fisheries and Fishing Communities in a Globalized World" (12 articles)

This thematic collection, entitled “(En)Gendering Change in Small-scale Fisheries and Fishing Communities in a Globalized World”, emerged many years ago and finally materialized, thanks to the support of the Cluster “Women & Gender in Fisheries” of Too Big To Ignore, and the Working Group “Gendered Seas” of Ocean Past Platform (OPP) a European Union COST Action. In order to fulfill the idea, researchers from various disciplines and practitioners from different continents, working on women and gender issues in fisheries and coastal communities, were brought together at several occasions to discuss issues pertaining to gender in fisheries. The outcome of the networks has culminated into a series of articles presented in this publication, with additional papers to be published in the second thematic collection of Maritime Studies (MAST) in 2019.

The two issues of this thematic collection of the Maritime Studies (MAST) journal manifest the results attained through different research programs, with discussions on various topics. The main objective of the thematic collection is to bring together examples of feminist-based research and work highlighting a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches that examine the material, social, and cultural realities of women and men in fisheries. It also explores the underlying construction (and at times reconstruction) of gender as a social category in fishery contexts. In this publication, the reader will find ten articles from different parts of the world (Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Solomon Islands) and one review of the book by Margaret Willson on Seawomen in Iceland. Some of the articles focus particularly on women’s participation in different parts of the fishery chain, in decision-making and management of resources, and also on sea tenure and gender, working conditions in the processing industry, households’ strategies to secure livelihoods, and other themes that support the current movement promoting gender equality at all levels in various countries and regions. Different themes and concepts are deployed to analyze gender and women’s involvement in fisheries, such as intersectionality, livelihoods, empowerment and agency, fishery households’ strategies, resources management and governance, entrepreneurship as well as cultural capital. Given this thematic diversity, and the theoretical and conceptual depth of the articles, we have presented them through a case-study type, which manifests the complexity involved in “gender and women in fisheries” studies, and their interconnectedness with coastal communities. In different ways, the articles offer insights into knowledge gaps and ways to encourage greater inclusion of gender into fisheries research in general.

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The articles in this issue include : 

  1. Editorial: (En)Gendering Change in Small-Scale Fisheries and Fishing Communities in a Globalized World. by Katia Frangoudes, Siri Gerrard Pages 117-124
  2. Gendered labor in the Icelandic fish processing industry. by Alexandra Yingst, Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir Pages 125-132. 
  3. Gendered livelihoods in the global fish-food economy: a comparative study of three fisherfolk communities in Kerala, India. by Holly M. Hapke, Devan Ayyankeril Pages 133-143
  4. Women’s perspectives of small-scale fisheries and environmental change in Chilika lagoon, India. By Fatima Noor Khan, Andrea M. Collins, Prateep Kumar Nayak… Pages 145-154.
  5. A gender lens on women’s harvesting activities and interactions with local marine governance in a South Pacific fishing community. By Janne Rohe, Achim Schlüter, Sebastian C. A. Ferse Pages 155-162
  6. Gender and marine protected areas: a case study of Danajon Bank, Philippines. By Danika Kleiber, Leila Harris, Amanda C. J. Vincent Pages 163-175
  7. "Before we asked for permission, now we only give notice”: Women’s entrance into artisanal fisheries in Chile. By Gloria L. Gallardo-Fernández, Fred Saunders Pages 177-188.
  8. Indigenous women respond to fisheries conflict and catalyze change in governance on Canada’s Pacific Coast. By Sarah Harper, Anne K. Salomon, Dianne Newell… Pages 189-198
  9. Lagoon livelihoods: gender and shell money in Langalanga, Solomon Islands. by Kate Barclay, Nicholas McClean, Simon Foale, Reuben Sulu, Sarah Lawless Pages 199-211.
  10. Invisible work, ignored knowledge? Changing gender roles, division of labor, and household strategies in Finnish small-scale fisheries. By Pekka Salmi, Kirsi Sonck-Rautio Pages 213-221
  11. Women, capitals and fishing lives: exploring gendered dynamics in the Llŷn Peninsula small-scale fishery (Wales, UK). By Madeleine Gustavsson, Mark Riley Pages 223-231
  12. A book-essay and reflections on Margaret Willson’s book: Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge. By Siri Gerrard Pages 233-238
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