Eating the Ocean

Eating the Ocean

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In Eating the Ocean Elspeth Probyn investigates the profound importance of the ocean and the future of fish and human entanglement. On her ethnographic journey around the world's oceans and fisheries, she finds that the ocean is being simplified in a food politics that is overwhelmingly land based and preoccupied with buzzwords like "local" and "sustainable." Developing a conceptual tack that combines critical analysis and embodied ethnography, she dives into the lucrative and endangered bluefin tuna market, the gendered politics of "sustainability," the ghoulish business of producing fish meal and fish oil for animals and humans, and the long history of encounters between humans and oysters. Seeing the ocean as the site of the entanglement of multiple species-which are all implicated in the interactions of technology, culture, politics, and the market-enables us to think about ways to develop a reflexive ethics of taste and place based in the realization that we cannot escape the food politics of the human-fish relationship.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15.24mm | 408g
  • North Carolina, United States
  • English
  • 0822362139
  • 9780822362135
  • 1,378,607

Table of contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction. Relating Fish and Humans 1
1. An Oceanic Habitus 23
2. Following Oysters, Relating Taste 49
3. Swimming with Tuna 77
4. Mermaids, Fishwives, and Herring Quines: Gendering the More-than-Human 101
5. Little Fish: Eating with the Ocean 129
Conclusion. Reeling it In 159
Notes 165
References 169
Index 183
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Review quote

"Eating the Ocean is a timely and masterfully judged intervention into debates in food studies." -- Laura Colebrooke * Cultural Geographies * "This book is like a breath of fresh sea air, cool, briny, and gently laced with the scent of dead things.... In my experience, students love to learn about seafood. And this book provides a unique, and exciting overview of the topic. Meanwhile, it makes meaningful change to the politics of human-fish relations, and of gender in the social sciences more generally. Readers may also find the book an accessible introduction to fisheries research in the humanities, and to more-than-human ethologies in the social sciences." -- L. G. Brown * Food Anthropology * "This slender but ambitious volume offers an excellent overview and discussion of contemporary social science and humanities literature and theorising about the sea and human relations to it.... This is a useful contribution and a significantly better approach than some social science literature about the sea that uses it as a metaphor without proper material engagement." -- Penny McCall Howard * The Australian Journal of Anthropology * "Eating the Ocean is fascinating in its emphasis on the interconnections and mutual influences among humans, ocean creatures and the ocean itself." -- Carol J. Pierce Colfer * Agriculture and Human Values * "From a policy perspective, where queer and poststructuralist feminisms are completely absent from the framework, Probyn's intervention is a much needed updating of sustainability discourses and food politics. As such, her account of herring wives and fish women is an important intervention into an environmental politics that either ignores women completely or that constructs them as virtuous consumers or vulnerable victims (105)." -- Reese Simpkins * Angelaki * "Eloquently written, Probyn's vivid detail brings us along her journeys following (and eating many) oysters, swimming with tuna, covertly eating endangered bluefin tuna, and tracking the history of herring quines and women's roles in fishing. . . . I learned so much about the state of our oceans, where our seafood comes from, the danger in always choosing tuna and salmon, and the role of aquaculture (which provides more than half of all seafood consumed by humans!), but most importantly, I was encouraged to think differently about what 'sustainability' means, which I think is so important as a person who works in this sphere." -- Lisa Heinze * Sustainability with Style * "Elspeth Probyn wants to eat the ocean. I want to eat her book. It is one of the most profound works I have read on the sea, and the issues with which it presents us, in the 21st century, not least because it dares to digress and move into territories that other writers and academics have hitherto neglected." -- Philip Hoare * Times Higher Education *
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About Elspeth Probyn

Elspeth Probyn is Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney and the author of Blush: Faces of Shame and Carnal Appetites: FoodSexIdentities.
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