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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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The Struggle to Stay Afloat

(p.42) 2 Identity
Buoyancy on the Bayou

Jill Ann Harrison

Cornell University Press

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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