288 pages | 25 B/W Illus.
This volume studies the coastal and riparian fishing communities of three Asian countries – Cambodia, India and Sri Lanka. It explores issues of migration and movement, gender relations, wellbeing, and nature-society relations common among these communities, and studies the impacts of internal and external pressures such as changing state policies, increased market exposure and unstable environmental situations. It also discusses the changes needed to ensure safe migration, social inclusion and the gendered well-being of fishers in these countries, and identifies the roles that social networks and collective action play in bringing about these improvements.
Fisherfolk in Cambodia, India and Sri Lanka presents a rigorously investigated account of the peoples and production systems of some of Asia’s most populated and contested but dynamic and productive coasts and floodplains. The book will be of importance to students and researchers of Asian studies, development studies, geography, sociology, migration studies, gender studies, and minority studies.
1. Fishers on the move: Changing livelihoods, gendered entanglements and well-being 2. Migration for capital accumulation: Changing class dynamics among small-scale fishers on the Coromandel Coast, Tamil Nadu 3. Adapting to diminishing fish resources in Cambodia: Fisheries on the shoulders of women and migrating adult children in fishing communities 4. Seasonal migration, resource access, contestation and conflict among fishers on the west and east coasts of Sri Lanka 5. Female headship and exclusion from small-scale fishing in Eastern Province, Sri Lanka 6. To migrate or not: Social well-being and gendered household decision-making in fishing communities on the west and east coasts of Sri Lanka 7. Fishing in distant waters: Issues of identity and well-being amongst migrant fishers on the west coast of Tamil Nadu 8. Immobility of ethnic Vietnamese fishers and their adaptation strategy in Chhnok Tru village, Chhnok Tru Commune, Cambodia 9. Mobility in contexts of precarity: Kin solidarity and migrant networks among small-scale fishers in coastal Tamil Nadu 10. Mobilizing for and against migration: Gendered networks, cooperation and collective action in fishing communities on the west and east coasts of Sri Lanka 11. Gender and power struggle in community fisheries in Cambodia: Creating space for women’s leadership 12. Livelihoods, migration and mobility: The distribution of consumption expenditure in fishing communities in Cambodia, India and Sri Lanka 13. Small-scale fishers, mobility, and the politics of well-being in rapidly changing Asia