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Redefining and experiencing masculinity in a Philippine fishing community

By Nelson Turgo

Abstract

Being a fisherman and all the dangers and challenges that fishing embodies could well be the most potent expression of hegemonic masculinity in fishing communities. However, in recent years, fish landings amongst small-scale fishermen have been dismal in many parts of the country as exemplified by the experience of a fishing community in Quezon province, south of Manila, the focus of this article. Inevitably, this results in a number of fishermen shifting to fish marketing (selling fish that big commercial fishing boats land which remain relatively more well positioned because of their reach and the technology they use in fishing) as a way to support their families while the rest continue fishing, plodding on regardless of the low volume of catch and, at times, huge economic losses they experience. It is these changing contours of the economic landscape of the community that propel the contestation over meaning and articulation of masculinity in the community as both male fishmongers and fishermen make sense of their gender identities in relation to the work that they do

Topics: H1, HM, HT
Publisher: Philippine Sociological Society
Year: 2014
OAI identifier: oai:http://orca.cf.ac.uk:68261
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