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Title: The social organization of the Scottish fisheries
Author: Sutherland, Allan J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1993
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This thesis concentrates on the question of the dominance of the harvesting sector of the Scottish Fisheries by fisher owned boats and the absence of company fleets of vessels. There are basically two approaches to fisher ownership of boats in the Scottish Fisheries; one sees it as based on local community, the other as a traditional form. This thesis takes issue with these views arguing that this social organization of fishing boats is strong and dynamic and is more in tune with developments in the small communities or on a traditional, moribund, form. Given the key role of fishers in sustaining the social organization, the orientations approach is used to focus on their attitudes within a context of perceived occupational opportunities and organizational options and to ground their reports within a wider theoretical and evidential framework. The approach is used to show that the fishers of this study have a multifaceted orientation to fishing and report a greater and more extensive availability therein of features found wanted, but not obtained, of work in the orientations and other studies of other types of work. This increases these fishers' commitment and motivation to fishing and its social organization. It is hypothesized that the social organization of the harvesting sector of the Scottish Fisheries is explained by the specific praxis of fishing elusive species at sea. The fishers' orientation and the nature of their labour inputs optimally fits this kind of fishing. The situation of fisher owned boats, a more consultative command style and the share distribution of income which befits the shared risks elicits commitment from fishers more readily than centralized shore ownership and control of boats and a wage system possibly could.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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