Title

Recovering Filipino Production of a Maritime Anthropology

Document Type

Book

Publication Date

2019

Abstract

This paper inquires into the relative paucity of published ethnographic work on fishing communities in the Philippines written for and by Filipinos. For an archipelagic nation; the local ethnographic literature on coastal and fishing communities should perhaps be expected to be more expansive. This project began from an awareness that there are quite a number of good ethnographies languishing on library shelves in the form of unpublished theses and dissertations. Many can also be found among research reports produced in the course of long-term 'Coastal Resource Management' (CRM) projects conducted in various parts of the Philippines. Spanning more than a century; unpublished 'gray literature' on the generally marginalized sector of fisherfolk communities has survived in obscurity; and still waits to carve a mark in the published anthropological literature. In the process of surfacing existing material relating to the field of ‘maritime anthropology’ from various parts of the country; we reflect on the practices and production of anthropological scholarship through time.

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