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Listening to Sea Lions

Currents of Change from Galapagos to Patagonia

Sarah Keene Meltzoff

AltaMira Press
Pages: 266Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7591-2235-2 • Hardback • December 2012 • $87.00 • (£60.00)
978-0-7591-2237-6 • eBook • December 2012 • $82.00 • (£54.95)
Sarah Keene Meltzoff is associate professor, Department of Marine Affairs and Policy, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Florida.

Chapter 1: Climates of Change and the Ways of Empathetic Ethnography
Chapter 2: Wild West Galapagos: Isabela’s Fishing Community Angles for Tourism Pie in the Land of Darwin
Chapter 3: Rain and Tears in the Fishing Camps: Merluza Boom to Bust in Patagonia
Chapter 4: The Dance of Macha Divers and Waders around El Niño’s Flood
Chapter 5: Puerto Aldea: Caleta Life in Navy War-Game Waters
Chapter 6: The Goliath in Iquique: Industrial Fisheries
Chapter 7: Sea Wolves: Artisanal Fishermen of the Rural and Urban Caletas
Chapter 8: Conclusions: Coastal Ethnography Given the Eddies of Climate Change
Appendix: Marine Life Names in Latin
About the Author
Listening to Sea Lions is an appealing and unusual book, a welcome addition to the rapidly growing literature on environmental change and its complex implications for humans. Through her perceptive observations, her intimate knowledge of the people she discusses, and her long-term empathic commitment to their communities and the harsh environmental realities they often face, Sarah Keene Meltzoff is able to carve a personal, warm, and highly engaging story. Her text is clear, devoid of jargon and unnecessary abstractions, at times poetic and moving, taking the reader on tour with the author through a series of important sites, never far from the coast. Margaret Mead – Meltzoff’s early mentor who kindly initiated this tour – did a great job!

Gisli Palsson, University of Iceland

This is an extraordinarily well written and unique book, one that could only be penned by an senior anthropologist The product of more than twenty-five years of fieldwork in South America, its focus sheds light on many of the central issues in Marine anthropology: marine tenure, commons, conflicts between inshore and offshore fishers, state regulatory policies, joint management, the effects of ENSO events and climatic change on fisheries…. Beyond its insightful set of ethnographies of fishing, this book is also an excellent introduction to the ethnographer’s art. Meltzoff skill as a writer shines through…. The prose is fluid and elegant. She has a gift for descriptive writing that she uses like a novelist to paint scenes, depict events, and draw characters.
James B. Greenberg, University of Arizona