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The Social Construction of Seawater and Seascape in Japanese Fishing Communities

An Interpretative Framework of Agency and Sense of Place

Giovanni Bulian    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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This paper gives a preliminary overview of the processes of social construction of seawater and seascape in Japanese fishing communities. Attention is directed to the interactions of local fishermen with their maritime territories, exploring also the modalities in which seawater is contextualized and negotiated in relation to a disparate constellation of symbolic values, embodied practices and economic activities. A theoretical framework, based on the social construction theories, is also provided to define the role of seascape and seawater as powerful agents that produce culture and interact with social practices.

Published
Dec. 19, 2017
Accepted
Feb. 1, 2017
Submitted
Jan. 19, 2017
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-210-9
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-190-4

Keywords: SeascapeJapanese fishing communitiesEnvironmental anthropologyFolk religionSeawaterLandscape phenomenology

Copyright: © 2017 Giovanni Bulian. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.