Anthropological Fieldwork among the Commercial Fishermen of Port Dover, Ontario, 1977-1978: Chronicling the Cultural Traditions of an Occupational Community in a Lake Erie Commercial Fishing Port
Publication
The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Jan 2014, p. 1-22
Description
Creator
Van West, John J., Author
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Articles
Description
Anthropologists have long relied on field studies in support of their research. For the students of the discipline, fieldwork remains a particularly important (but not obligatory) rite of passage which they must pass successfully in order to become a recognized and accredited practitioner of the discipline. This document serves two purposes. First, the author describes the challenges he faced during the period of his anthropological fieldwork (as a Ph.D. student) among commercial fishermen in Port Dover, Ontario. Secondly, it serves to highlight the long-established need for anthropologists and other social scientists to engage in ethnographic research of Great Lakes commercial fishermen. These fishermen share their experiences in the work which defines them.
Date of Publication
Jan 2014
Date Of Event
1977-78
Subject(s)
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.7834 Longitude: -80.19966
Copyright Statement
Protected by copyright: Uses other than research or private study require the permission of the rights holder(s). Responsibility for obtaining permissions and for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Copyright Holder
Canadian Nautical Research Society
Recommended Citation
The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord XXIV, No. 1 (January 2014), 1-22
Contact
Canadian Nautical Research Society
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Anthropological Fieldwork among the Commercial Fishermen of Port Dover, Ontario, 1977-1978: Chronicling the Cultural Traditions of an Occupational Community in a Lake Erie Commercial Fishing Port


Anthropologists have long relied on field studies in support of their research. For the students of the discipline, fieldwork remains a particularly important (but not obligatory) rite of passage which they must pass successfully in order to become a recognized and accredited practitioner of the discipline. This document serves two purposes. First, the author describes the challenges he faced during the period of his anthropological fieldwork (as a Ph.D. student) among commercial fishermen in Port Dover, Ontario. Secondly, it serves to highlight the long-established need for anthropologists and other social scientists to engage in ethnographic research of Great Lakes commercial fishermen. These fishermen share their experiences in the work which defines them.