The Lobster Gangs of Maine / Edition 1

The Lobster Gangs of Maine / Edition 1

by James M. Acheson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0874514517

ISBN-13: 9780874514513

Pub. Date: 06/01/1988

Publisher: University Press of New England

James Acheson’s detailed account of lobstering in Maine quickly dispels notions that the lobstermen is the eastern version of the cowboy, struggling alone for survival against the elements. In reality, he writes, “the lobster fisherman is caught up in a thick and complex web of social relationships. Survival in the industry depends as much on the

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James Acheson’s detailed account of lobstering in Maine quickly dispels notions that the lobstermen is the eastern version of the cowboy, struggling alone for survival against the elements. In reality, he writes, “the lobster fisherman is caught up in a thick and complex web of social relationships. Survival in the industry depends as much on the ability to manipulate social relationships as on technical skills.” Acheson replaces our romantic image of the lobsterman with descriptions of the highly territorial and hierarchical “harbor gangs,” daily and annual cycles of lobstering, intricacies of marketing the catch, and the challenge of managing a communal resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874514513
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
06/01/1988
Series:
Library of New England
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
205
Sales rank:
1,373,311
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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Table of Contents

Cycles
Kinship and Community
Harbor Gangs
Territories
Tricks of the Trade
Markets
Any Port in a Storm
Theory and Conclusion
Appendix. Economic and Biological Benefits of Territoriality

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