Braving Troubled Waters

Sea Change in a Dutch Fishing Community

Rob van Ginkel

Braving Troubled Waters
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Rob van Ginkel

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

328 pages | 23 halftones | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2
Paper $54.95 ISBN: 9789089640871 Published July 2009 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

This ethnographic study considers the engagement of Dutch fishermen with the limited resources of the marine world, as well as the capricious markets and political interventions that govern the fishing industry from the early eighteenth-century to the present day. More specifically, it focuses on the owner-operators, deckhands, fishermen’s wives, and others involved in the fisheries of Texel, an island at the northwestern end of the Netherlands. Elucidating how the fishermen have navigated treacherous waters, in both a real and metaphorical sense, for many decades, Braving Troubled Waters offers a portrait of a community at the interface of local, national, and supranational processes.






1.         The Golden Knoll: People, Place and History


2.         Trimming the Sails to the Wind


3.         Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea


4.         Booming Business: The Rise of Beam Trawling


5.         Catch Kings and Quota Busters


6.         Commissioned Cooperation: Plentiful and Lean Years


Conclusions: Seas of Trouble










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