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Climate Change, Small-Scale Fisheries and Blue Justice
Fishscapes and Alternative Worldviews

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ISBN 9781032450889
April 14, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is a narrative non-fiction, based on the patchy epistemologies of traditional small-scale fishers in India and the Indian Ocean Region. It specifically explores the impact of climate change on Fish and Fishers, and the mutual entanglements in their eco-social world. Further, it critically examines the nature of climate change adaptation and its implications on small-scale fisheries.

Both climate change impact and adaptation responses are examined from the situated knowledge and everyday lived experiences of Fishers. Stories of their everyday struggles from diverse eco-social worlds shape these patchy epistemologies. Further, this book through these stories unearths the transitions in governance and changing relationships between Fish, Fishers, and the rest of the eco-social world.

Responding ethically to the problems of climate change, warming oceans, fish scarcity, overfishing, and pollution requires us to break away from the paradigms that locate Nature and Society as binaries and commodities. Blue justice can be achieved only if strategies aimed at adaptation, conservation and well-being are dialogical, inclusive, and Fish-Fisher centred. This book offers insights into the worldviews of Fishers, their stewardship, wisdom, and experience in healing today’s warming world. Locating the eco-social worlds of Fish and Fishers in alternative worldviews, this book strives to find meaningful pathways for just transitions.

It will be of interest to academics and researchers working in the field of climate change, fisheries, disaster studies, and sustainable livelihoods as well as related subjects of social work and social justice.

Table of Contents

1.Fishscapes.  2.Heartbeats of the Ocean.  3.The Seven Waves of Everyday Life.  4.Mother Ocean has a Fever.  5.Fish Stories.  6.When Mountains Reach the Ocean.  7.The Churning of the Ocean.  8.Blue Justice.

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Sunil D. Santha is Professor and Chairperson at the Centre for Livelihoods and Social Innovation in the School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India. Sunil commenced his career with strong grassroots-level work towards strengthening local institutions in managing common property resources. He recognises the strengths of indigenous knowledge systems and cultural practices in sustaining people’s eco-social worlds. His rich field experience in small-scale fisheries, agriculture, and rural development has also shaped his expertise in blending the political ecology of development discourses with social innovation and social work practice in a more-than-human world.