The Struggle to Stay Afloat
This chapter focuses on those who remained fishers. It highlights how their loyalty to their way of life is grounded in a rich Cajun cultural history and constructed with great respect to family structures and the resource-rich landscape that provides the backdrop to their everyday lives. Shrimp fishers are loyal to their way of life in large part because fishing is a highly valued part of their cultural identities as Cajuns. Work and family lives are intertwined, and the meanings given to each are forged out of a rich and unique landscape filled with boats, marshes, and a bounty of resources. Unraveling these important cultural elements—work, family, and landscape—would cause significant disruption to these identities.
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