Maritime Professions

Issues and Perspectives


On a global scale, more than 40 million people make their living working directly at sea as fishers, seafarers, in aquaculture or seabed-mining, or related occupations such as dockworkers, shipbuilding, logistics, maritime administration, secondary branches of shipping, marine tourism and other maritime professions. The study of maritime labour and occupations is still under-represented in the social sciences and humanities. With the present volume, we attempt to fill this gap by representing recent research on maritime professions from a sociological perspective drawing on a wide variety of disciplinary approaches and subject matters.

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Agnieszka Kołodziej-Durnaś (1973), professor at the University of Szczecin, Poland. She has published articles on maritime professions (e.g. in European Societies) and introduced Research Stream in Maritime Sociology to European Sociological Association conferences.

Frank Sowa, Ph.D. (1974), professor at University of Applied Sciences Georg Simon Ohm, Germany. He has worked on maritime issues, e.g. identity politics of the Greenlandic Inuit and whaling culture in Japan. He organized several research streams and sessions in Maritime Sociology.

Marie C. Grasmeier (1979) studied nautical science, social anthropology and gender studies in Bremen, Germany. She wrote her PhD-thesis on the occupational culture and occupational identities of seafarers in the global merchant fleet. She currently works in the civilian maritime search-and-rescue fleet as a nautical expert and teaches ethnographic methods at the University of Bremen.
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Introduction: Maritime Professions as a Field of Social Research
Marie C. Grasmeier, Agnieszka Kolodziej-Durnas and Frank Sowa

Part 1: Macro-Sociological and Organizational Approaches

1 Seafarers and Dockworkers: Implications for Industrial Sociology
Shaun Ruggunan 2 “Making a Ship”: Maritime Labour Regime(s) and Alienation in Norwegian Offshore Production
Camilla Mevik 3 Boundary-work, Occupational Identities and Class-experiences of Global Seafarers
Marie C. Grasmeier and Linda Beck

Part 2: Gender Issues

4 The Role of Discursive Contexts in Constructing the Identity of Women at Sea: Towards Informal Dimensions of Maritime Adult Education
Iwona Królikowska and Astrid Meczkowska-Christiansen 5 Strategies and Struggle of Women Fishers for the Rescue and Conservation of a Coastal Lagoon System: “Mujeres Pescadoras del Manglar”
Nuria Jimenez Garcia 6 The Fishing Profession in Quebec: Structure, Origins and Development of a “Typically Male” Sector
Marco Alberio

Part 3: Micro-Sociological Approaches

7 “Team Play”: Seafarers’ Strategies for Coping with Job Demands of Short Sea Cargo Shipping Lines
Birgit Pauksztat 8 The Role of Personality Traits, Work Motivation and Job Satisfaction in the Explanation of Seafarers’ Well-being
Ana Sliškovic 9 A Study on the Sense of Relative Deprivation of Elderly Fishers from the Perspective of Ocean Sociology: The Example of Island S and G in Zhoushan City, China
Wen Zhang and Ya Wen 10 Families of Seamen in the Period of Political Changes and Today – Homelessness Issues
Roland Dobrzeniecki-Lukasiewicz
Social scientists and researchers, academic institutes and libraries, institutions and NGOs dealing with sustainable development.
Sociology, economics and other social disciplines as social and cultural anthropology, (occupational) psychology, urban studies, human geography, management studies
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