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Inclusive hunting: examining Faroese whaling using the theory of socio-cultural viability

Singleton, Benedict and Fielding, Russell (2017). Inclusive hunting: examining Faroese whaling using the theory of socio-cultural viability. MAST - Maritime Studies. 16, 1-19
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Abstract

Whaling is a globally controversial topic, and Faroese drive-style whaling, grindadráp, is no exception. A complex common-pool resource (CPR) institution, viewable from multiple moral, social, economic and political viewpoints, grindadráp is a challenge to assess. Responding to calls to utilise more relationship-centred and multiperspectival approaches to studying CPRs, this article examines grindadráp utilising the theory of socio-cultural viability, which asserts diverse understandings of the world can be classified within a fourfold typology and that ‘successful’ institutions draw on all four social solidarities in dealing with challenges that arise. The analysis reveals how throughout grindadráp’s history its place in Faroese society has been maintained through the enforcement of a largely egalitarian conceptualisation. However, in meeting various challenges around the distribution of meat, sustainability and killing methods, the institution has accepted solutions utilising alternative conceptualisations. It is this adaptability which has allowed grindadráp to remain a popular part of Faroese society, even as dependence on pilot whale meat has declined. The issue of toxins in pilot whale meat is found to be arguably the greatest threat to grindadráp, undermining the egalitarian foundations of the practice, the response to which is something that Faroese society is currently in the process of negotiation.

Authors/Creators:Singleton, Benedict and Fielding, Russell
Title:Inclusive hunting: examining Faroese whaling using the theory of socio-cultural viability
Series/Journal:MAST - Maritime Studies (2212-9790)
Year of publishing :2017
Volume:16
Page range:1-19
Number of Pages:19
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:2212-9790
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:M Aquatic sciences and fisheries > M40 Aquatic ecology
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Fish and Aquacultural Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 504 Sociology > Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 504 Sociology > Social Anthropology
Agrovoc terms:whaling, sociocultural systems, sustainable aquaculture
Keywords:cultural theory, plural rationality, whaling, Faroe Islands, sustainability, subsistence
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4549
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4549
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1186/s40152-017-0061-9
ID Code:14723
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Swedish Biodiversity Centre
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:11 Dec 2017 09:38
Metadata Last Modified:11 Dec 2017 09:38

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