Memories of a Fishing Landscape: Making Sense of Flow and Decline

Abranches, Maria (2023) Memories of a Fishing Landscape: Making Sense of Flow and Decline. Memory Studies. ISSN 1750-6980 (In Press)

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Abstract

Drawing on life history interviews conducted with former fishers and other older residents in Great Yarmouth – one of the 20 per cent most deprived districts in England – this paper explores how memories of a once flourishing fishing industry are used to make sense of the decline that followed the end of the industry in the 1960s. Focusing on the material and affective constituents of people’s memories, embodied in three categories of fishing-related objects (boats and quay, nets and fish) through which their stories are told, I explore how those formerly involved in fishing-related activities understand and experience the past and their world in the present. Using biographical and historical memories to reclaim their role in the making of a town that they consider to ‘have missed the boat’, they are able to make sense of the transformations that occurred, and to reclaim their role as place makers.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Life Course, Migration and Wellbeing
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Migration Research Network
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2023 17:31
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2023 17:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/92521
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