Over the last four decades salmon farming has grown up in the Patagonian region. Today Chile is a global leader in the salmon industry and viewed in certain quarters as epitomising successful neo-liberal development. This presentation critically reflects on this process through an anthropological view on how the regional territorialisation of salmon has taken place. It teases out how ‘more-than-human' interconnections have built up over time between salmon, people, sea lions, and the Infectious Salmon Anaemia Virus (ISAV), amongst other actors. Following a Deleuzian perspective, it is argued that a particular line of flight has imperceptibly, indeed unintentionally, led to the construction of a ‘salmon-public'. This approach is used to demonstrate how relational ontology can facilitate an understanding of inter-species association in processes of global transformation, bringing to the fore aspects often peripheral to regional planning and intervention. Original empirical data is presented in the form of ethnography, capturing the introduction of the Salmonidae family into Chile in the nineteenth century, the role of local people in salmon farming experiments, global connections between salmon industry entrepreneurs, and finally, daily life on a salmon farming pontoon. In conclusion it is argued that relational ontology is a valuable approach for understanding processes of inter-species association and regional transformation in contexts where established ways of framing change are not adequate, given the complex globalised world in which we live.
|Title of host publication||XXVI European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, Book of Abstracts|
|Subtitle of host publication||Places of Possibility? Rural Societies in a Neoliberal World|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
Arce, A. M. G., Fisher, E., & Blanco, G. (2015). Becoming a region, becoming global, becoming imperceptible: territorialising salmon in Chilean Patagonia. In XXVI European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, Book of Abstracts: Places of Possibility? Rural Societies in a Neoliberal World (pp. 370-370). ESRS.