Fishing communities around the globe find themselves locked paradoxically
between intensely local expressions of community and increasingly
liberalized economic regimes. Commonly referred to as globalization,
these trans-national processes are having a direct and often destabilizing
effect on fishing communities. However, the changes are neither
preordained nor uniform across different local settings. Furthermore,
local level processes also play a critical role in shaping the interaction
between the global and the local.
New developments in information technology combine with increasingly
liberal international trade regulations to make the job of any study
of the local obsolete or, at best inadequate, if such a study does
not take into account the implications of globalizing processes.
This project, funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada, is designed to build upon emerging and developing
approaches to anthropological research in such a way as to incorporate
and to highlight the complex interconnections between the local
and the global. This is accomplished through a methodological approach
that combines traditional locality-based field research with research
located in the virtual spaces of transatlantic networks of social
solidarity (between fishers organizations), trade (fish, fish products,
and capital) and information (variously captured in electronic communications
and web sites).