Fishing for Heritage: Modernity and Loss along the Scottish by Jane Nadel-Klein

By Jane Nadel-Klein

Coastal Scotland is likely one of the world’s so much romanticized vacationer locations, but it's in the middle of critical financial decline. The North Atlantic fisheries main issue has hit Scottish groups tough and native fisherfolk are confronted with power lack of confidence, nervousness over the decline of fishing and doubts approximately their cultural survival. The decline of this conventional has been observed through becoming tourism alongside Scottish beaches. Fishing villages are advertised for vacationer intake and tradition has develop into a commodity.

Drawing upon fieldwork, novels, people tune and commute literature, Nadel-Klein explores how those impacts have affected locals’ experience of id and presence inside a latest eu kingdom. How is id associated with strength? What function do reminiscence and authenticity play within the production of Scottish background? How do locals think in regards to the onslaught of holiday makers? The topical nature of those matters and their relevance to different areas dealing with related tensions make this ebook a massive contribution to modern anthropology.

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In a prelude to modern debates over coastal domain and territorial waters, fifteenth- and sixteenth-century monarchs worried that Scotland was losing out to foreign competition. 2 In the fifteenth century, James IV’s answer to this threat was to promote the building of harbors and ships on the Firth of Forth. p65 28 11/18/02, 03:54 Stigma and Separation Among various laws that were passed in his reign was one ordering that “all maritime burghs should build busses, or vessels of at least twenty tons burden, to be employed in fishing, and all idle persons should be pressed into that service”.

Most common was the inshore, or sma’ [small] line fishing, which used a lighter weight line to catch fish found relatively close to shore. For these, men made daily trips five to 10 miles offshore. Some communities, notably Buckie and Peterhead, also had a spring “great-line” season that took men much farther away for days at a time in their sail-powered, wooden vessels to pursue larger species (Elliott 1978). p65 37 11/18/02, 03:54 Fishing for Heritage Like their peers elsewhere around the North Atlantic, crews often comprised brothers and their sons.

P65 38 11/18/02, 03:54 Stigma and Separation favored village ale shops as places to make these transactions because a befuddled fisherman might be a less-than-shrewd bargainer. Curers, it seems, were everywhere. Thompson estimates some 400 of them along the east coast by the 1830s. A few of these became powerful merchants, eventually founding dynastic family firms such as Joseph Johnston & Sons of Montrose. However, many were quite short lived, suffering the usual fate of undercapitalized small ventures.

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