Title

Conflict and Tension in Bristol Bay: The Case of Social Indifference Among and Toward Seasonal Cannery Workers in Alaska

Date

6-1-2017 2:30 PM

End Time

1-6-2017 3:00 PM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Department

Anthropology

Session Chair

Robin Smith

Session Chair

Isidore Lobnibe

Session Chair

Katherine Miller

Session Title

Anthropology Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Isidore Lobnibe

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

In what ways has the American system of capitalism, gender relations, and racial segregation affected and shaped the commercial fishing industry in Bristol Bay, Alaska? In the fishing industry of Alaska more generally, power historically has been distributed unequally, which often creates tension and conflict among the lower ranks of cannery workers and male domination is hardly hidden in the work place. By focusing on how the industry manages inequalities between and among individuals, this proposed ethnographic project will examine gender and racial relations among cannery workers in Bristol Bay. I will draw on participant observation, oral interviews and life histories to show how power is distributed among the lower ranks of individuals and the resulting living conditions of conflict and tension they face.

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Conflict and Tension in Bristol Bay: The Case of Social Indifference Among and Toward Seasonal Cannery Workers in Alaska

WUC Willamette Room

In what ways has the American system of capitalism, gender relations, and racial segregation affected and shaped the commercial fishing industry in Bristol Bay, Alaska? In the fishing industry of Alaska more generally, power historically has been distributed unequally, which often creates tension and conflict among the lower ranks of cannery workers and male domination is hardly hidden in the work place. By focusing on how the industry manages inequalities between and among individuals, this proposed ethnographic project will examine gender and racial relations among cannery workers in Bristol Bay. I will draw on participant observation, oral interviews and life histories to show how power is distributed among the lower ranks of individuals and the resulting living conditions of conflict and tension they face.