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Buoyancy on the BayouShrimpers Face the Rising Tide of Globalization$
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Jill Ann Harrison

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450747

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450747.001.0001

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Identity

Identity

The Struggle to Stay Afloat

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(p.42) 2 Identity
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Buoyancy on the Bayou
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Jill Ann Harrison

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450747.003.0003

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.

Keywords:   persisters, Cajun cultural history, cultural identities, work lives, family lives, landscape, occupational identities

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