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Fishermen, fishmongers, and the sea: Economic restructuring and gender dynamics in a Philippine fishing community

Turgo, Nelson 2015. Fishermen, fishmongers, and the sea: Economic restructuring and gender dynamics in a Philippine fishing community. Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 63 (3) , pp. 365-391. 10.1353/phs.2015.0035

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Abstract

This article provides a place- and work-specific exposition of gendered transformation in a local economy in Quezon province in the Philippines, where the declining productivity of fisheries since 1985 has seen a concomitant boom in fish marketing in nearby auction houses. It presents ethnographic data on seven families whose fishermen-husbands virtually abandoned fishing and assumed household management while their wives took on work as full-time fishmongers. The fishermen coped with the loss of economic clout by asserting masculine power, which resulted in spousal tensions, restrictions on their wives’ mobility and social lives, and incidents of domestic violence.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Publisher: Ateneo de Manila University
ISSN: 0031-7837
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 6 July 2015
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:13
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/74395

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