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The wrong fish: maneuvering the boundaries of market-based resource management
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2018 (English)In: Journal of Cultural Economy, ISSN 1753-0350, E-ISSN 1753-0369, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 110-124Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

How can economic actors stay afloat in a highly volatile market environment? By drawing on ethnographic material from the Icelandic fishing industry, this article demonstrates how fishers maneuver the boundaries of market-based resource management that tend to ignore the ever-changing environment of the sea. The empirical material shows how fishers skillfully manipulate their socio-technical environment in order to adjust the market for so-called Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs) with the movement of fish stocks. Accordingly, three coping practices are deployed: (i) tinkering with accounts, (ii) socio-technical conversion, and (iii) redefining boundaries. While these practices allow fishers to stay afloat, they are likewise undermined by the ever-changing environment of the sea, consequently fueling a money-induced cycle of socio-technical problem-solving and breakdowns.

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2018. Vol. 11, no 2, p. 110-124
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Skillful coping, environment, uncertainty, technology, markets
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Social Sciences Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-341017DOI: 10.1080/17530350.2018.1426031ISI: 000436831500002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-341017DiVA, id: diva2:1180577
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EU, European Research Council, ERC 263699-CEVAvailable from: 2018-02-06 Created: 2018-02-06 Last updated: 2018-09-20Bibliographically approved

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