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Red Flags and Lace Coiffes: Identity and Survival in a Breton Village
     

Red Flags and Lace Coiffes: Identity and Survival in a Breton Village

by Charles R. Menzies
 

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ISBN-10: 144260512X

ISBN-13: 9781442605121

Pub. Date: 08/01/2011

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division

This book explores the question of why fishing communities continue their struggle to survive, despite often calamitous changes in ecology and economy. Using historical ethnography as a lens through which to understand how fishers of the Bigouden region of France and their families have reinvented themselves, Menzies argues that local identity plays an important

Overview

This book explores the question of why fishing communities continue their struggle to survive, despite often calamitous changes in ecology and economy. Using historical ethnography as a lens through which to understand how fishers of the Bigouden region of France and their families have reinvented themselves, Menzies argues that local identity plays an important role in their perseverance as global capitalist pressures continually force them to reorganize or disappear entirely.

Touching on many concepts that are fundamental to anthropology—culture, identity, kinship, work, political economy, and globalization—and filled with personal stories and warmth, this ethnography will be a welcome teaching tool for instructors and an enticing read for students.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442605121
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Series:
Teaching Culture: UTP Ethnographies for the Classroom Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Preface

Introduction

Situating the Field

Where is the Bigoudennie?

Part One: A Local Politics of Survival

1. Social Struggle at "la fin de siècle"

Night of Fire

On to Crisis

Days of Protest

The Impact of the Crisis on Everyday Life

Neo-Liberal Globalization and Social Conflict

Conclusion

2. Symbols of Struggle: Red Flags, Lace Coiffes, and Social Class

Strikes and Demonstrations

Putting Food on the Table

Symbols of the Strikes and Demonstrations

Lace Coiffes and Industrial Work

Conclusion

Part Two: The Material Conditions of the Everyday

3. Episode, Not Epoch: Building Capitalism in the Hinterland

From Peasant to Worker

The Rise of the Trawl Fishery

Social Relations of Production

Conclusion

4. Working at Sea

A Day at Sea

Skippers, Crews, and the Family at Sea

Work First! Eat Later: Social Class at Sea

Social Class and the Artisanal Fishing Experience

The Development of the Bigouden Fishing Fleet

Boats and their General Characteristics

Conclusion

5. Working Ashore

Fishermen and Women in Fishing Communities: A Global Overview

Women's Work and Fishing in the Bigoudennie

Socio-economic Differences and Women's Work

Conclusion

6. The Difference a Family Makes

Luc and Martine Kernevad

Gilbert and Catherine Bazhad

Families and the Maintenance of Property

Conclusion

The Argument

The Future of the Bigouden Fishery

Glossary

References

Index

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