Wild Dreams: Refashioning Production in Bristol Bay, Alaska

Wild Dreams: Refashioning Production in Bristol Bay, Alaska

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This dissertation examines changing conditions of contemporary capitalism through an analysis of the production of a wild commodity. The Bristol Bay region of rural southwest Alaska is home to the world's largest sockeye salmon populations. Yet its wild salmon industry has struggled since the early 1990s in a global seafood market altered by the rise of cheaper farmed salmon produced overseas. Amid throes of economic crisis, producers have undertaken efforts to qreinventq the local fishing industry---to draw upon the language they themselves often use---and their own participation in it. The study explores these attempts to restore fishery profitability along with the aspirations that infuse them and become inflected by them. An ethnography that tacks between historical and contemporary sites of salmon fishing, processing, and policymaking, the dissertation focuses on producers' ambitions to reconfigure the salmon commodity to more closely correspond with perceived consumer preferences.tundra with guns to confront the Japanese- Americans who lived near Ekuk. ... the firms profited from the aquot;blur between care and coercionaquot; that frequently marks imperial formations (Stoler 2006a: xiii). ... fishing took place on a fixed regular schedule, typically Monday through Saturday of each week.66 The vast majority ofanbsp;...

Title:Wild Dreams: Refashioning Production in Bristol Bay, Alaska
Author:Karen E. Hebert
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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