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Knowing by fishing: Conceptualising ecological knowledge as working knowledge
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7142-7445,
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
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That the ecological knowledge of local users has great value for sustainable resource use and human development is widely accepted. Underneath this broad consensus about its importance nevertheless lies uncertainty and debate about the ways in which it can be best conceptualized. Is this knowledge best understood as a ‘system of knowledge’ or as ’ways of knowing’? And how can it be conceptually and methodologically operationalized as grounded in processes of work? In this study, we explore how fishers’ work in ecosystems influences what they know. We combine a Fishing Style Analysis with the Structure-Dynamic-Function Framework for a systematic study of the ecological knowledge used in Baltic coastal fisheries in Blekinge, Sweden. The results are used to discuss the theoretical and methodological implications of perceiving fishers’ ecological knowledge as generated, accumulated, transferred and adjusted through processes of work.

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Environmental management, social issues in management, environmental psychology, sociology, education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-133693OAI: diva2:968667
Ecological knowledge and sustainable resource management: The role of knowledge acquisition in enhancing the adaptive capacity of co-management arrangementWorking knowledge in Swedish coastal fishery - Making cultural capital visible for sustainable use of coastal sea- and landscapesGreen Growth Based on Marine Resources: Ecological and Socio- Economic Constraints (GreenMAR)Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change (NorMER)
Swedish Research CouncilMistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
Available from: 2016-09-12 Created: 2016-09-12 Last updated: 2016-09-19Bibliographically approved
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