Fish Is Women’s Business Too: Looking at Marine Resource Use Through a Gender Lens

K. Schwerdtner- Máñez, A.P. Pauwelussen

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The majority of studies in fisheries history have turned a blind eye on the role of women. This is mainly a result of the roles that most societies have traditionally allocated to men and women, with fisheries usually perceived as a male domain. However, women have always had a major influence on fishing practices and fish trade: as harvesters and collectors of marine resources, as processors and traders, and as central actors in informal networks that are especially relevant for small-scale fisheries. This chapter analyses gendered processes in fisheries, by shedding light on the manifold roles of women, in order to complement and challenge the results of historical fisheries research. It reviews studies on fisheries, gender and history, and provides a systematic overview on important aspects pertaining to women’s role in fisheries. It also contains a case study on giant clam collection and trade in Indonesia which illuminates how women have influenced and sustained fisheries in practise, and through time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerspectives on Oceans Past: A Handbook of Marine Environmental History
EditorsK. Schwerdtner Máñez, B. Poulsen
ISBN (Electronic)9789401774963
ISBN (Print)9789401774956
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Bajau
  • Fisheries history
  • Gender lens
  • Gendered processes in fisheries
  • Indonesia


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