Shaping the Shoreline: Fisheries and Tourism on the Monterey Coast

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Overview

Shaping the Shoreline traces Monterey's shift from what was once the literal Cannery Row to an iconic hub that now houses an aquarium in which nature is replicated to attract tourists, revealing the continually changing interactions of people with nature.

"Chiang deftly shows how these two competing economies [fishing and tourism] were deeply entangled, how they developed and how they both perpetuated racial and class hierarchies and rested upon an edifice of immigrant labor. In a book that refreshingly blends the history of tourism and industry over the course of a century, Chiang rejects 'oversimplified dualities' and 'simple dichotomies.'" -American Historical Review

"In Monterey — and many other places — the boundaries drawn between labor and leisure obscure underlying connections that tie human societies to nature and link us to each other. In highlighting those connections, Shaping the Shoreline gains significance far beyond Monterey." -Journal of American History

Connie Y. Chiang is assistant professor of history and environmental studies at Bowdoin College.

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Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review

Chiang deftly shows how these two competing economies [fishing and tourism] were deeply entangled, how they developed and how they both perpetuated racial and class hierarchies and rested upon an edifice of immigrant labor. In a book that refreshingly blends the history of tourism and industry over the course of a century, Chiang rejects 'oversimplified dualities' and 'simple dichotomies.'.

Journal of Social History

In Shaping the Shoreline, historian Connie Chiang skillfully illuminates the importance of 'place,' and in this instance, 'contested place,' with her exhaustive analysis of California's Monterey Coastline. While her book focuses primarily on the social and environmental implications of both tourism and fishing on the Monterey Coast, readers are subtly reminded throughout of the contested nature of the place both industries wished to control.

Southern California Quarterly

The book is well written, well researched, lively, and interesting throughout, with useful maps, extensive notes, a substantial biography, and an index. From the standpoint of a fisheries economist, all the world's current and past battles over fisheries and fisheries policy appear here in microcosm.

Montana: The Magazine of Western History

Chiang's study is worthy of readers' time. It engages the best of contemporary social and environmental scholarship. Its narrow geographic scope is easily offset by its broad conceptual grasp and long chronological sweep. The volume is a fine addition to the strong line of works edited by William Cronon and should find good purpose in the hands of researchers, students, and even the ecotourism-consuming public.

Western Historical Quarterly

Connie Chiang's Shaping the Shoreline is an ambitious attempt to connect the social and environmental histories of the Monterey, California, region....Her focus on a discrete region adds to the book's richness and is a good model for future work that explores places defined by economies that have transformed from natural resource exploitation to recreation.

Business History Review

A superb account of how multiple types of interactions between fisheries and tourism shaped the development of the Monterey region.... Scholars of many stripes— certainly business, labor, social, and environmental historians——— will benefit from reading Chiang's account. Well written and logically organized.

Journal of American History

In Shaping the Shoreline, Connie Y. Chiang uses [Monterey's] diverse community and its divergent industries to craft an excellent environmental history. Yet this is not merely a history of Monterey, tourism, or the fishing industry. It is a history of the complex and often-hidden relationship between labor and leisure in America. In Monterey—- and many other places—- the boundaries drawn between labor and leisure obscure underlying connections that tie human societies to nature and link us to each other. In highlighting those connections, Shaping the Shoreline gains significance far beyond Monterey.

Salinas Californian

Not only is Shaping the Shoreline very readable, but with luck it will provoke further serious thought and study about the social influences at work in this area.

International Journal of Maritime History

Represents an important new direction in maritime and marine environmental history. Chiang's study lays out a clear mandate that to understand coastal communities one must explore labour, culture, and environment... for each of these fields played fundamentally transformative roles in how coastal communities developed and changed. In short, Shaping the Shoreline is a book that has the potential to shape the field, and anyone interested in maritime topics will enjoy and benefit from its pages..

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295991399
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,036,346
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Connie Y. Chiang is assistant professor of history and environmental studies at Bowdoin College.

University of Washington Press

Connie Y. Chiang is assistant professor of history and environmental studies at Bowdoin College.

University of Washington Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword: On the Shore between Work and Play / William Cronon

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Voice of the Pacific

1. Contested Shores

2. The Divided Coastline

3. Reduce and Prosper

4. Life, Labor, and Odors on Cannery Row

5. Boom and Bust in Wartime Monterey

6. Remaking Cannery Row

7. The Fish Are Back!

Conclusion

NotesSelected BibliographyIndex

University of Washington Press

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