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Fluid subsistences: towards a better understanding of northern livelihoods

  • Marianne Elisabeth Lien (a1)


In this collection we learn about varied livelihoods that are roughly grouped as northern small-scale fisheries. Two messages are particularly salient, and hence they connect nearly all the papers:

First, that small-scale fishing is paramount for social and cultural livelihoods, and an indispensable resource for reproduction of coastal communities. And second, that certain fish related practices are changing, or currently under threat, and thus threatening the core subsistence of coastal communities.



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Hastrup, K. 2013. Scales of attention in fieldwork: global connections and local concerns in the Arctic. Ethnography 14 (2): 145164.
Lien, M.E. 2012. Conclusion: salmon trajectories along the North Pacific Rim. Diversity, exchange and human-animal relations. In: Colombi, B.J. and Brooks, J.F. (editors). Keystone nations. Santa Fe: SAR Press: 237255.
Rybråten, S. 2013. ‘This is not a wilderness. This is where we live’. Enacting nature in Unjárga-Nesseby, northern Norway. Unpublished PhD dissertation. Oslo: University of Oslo, Department of Social Anthropology.
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Polar Record
  • ISSN: 0032-2474
  • EISSN: 1475-3057
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