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'Just' a Fisherman’s Wife

A Post Structural Feminist Exposé of Australian Commercial Fishing Women’s Contributions and Knowledge, ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Crisis’

Author(s): Jane Dowling

Book Description

This book provides a unique exposé of women in family businesses in the Australian commercial fishing industry and explores their visibility, contributions, barriers and opportunities for participation, and knowledge. Recognising the need to move beyond an exploration of women’s ‘roles,’ this book applies a detailed, well articulated and sophisticated feminist post structural approach which explores women’s identity, power/knowledge and positioning in relation to the current industry climate, in the context of discourses of ‘crisis’ and ‘sustainability.’ This is particularly pertinent with climate change looming as the next industry ‘crisis.’ As such, this book has significant interdisciplinary appeal, and will benefit feminist, gender, natural resource management and fisheries scholars and policy makers. Ultimately, it is hoped that this book will have a substantial impact on industry women in both Australia and elsewhere, and reduce their marginalisation; increase awareness about their contributions; and result in greater opportunities to voice their unique knowledge on social issues with a view to enhancing industry sustainability.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2943-4
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2943-9
Date of Publication: 01/06/2011
Pages / Size: 355 / A5
Price: £44.99


Jane Dowling has a long standing interest in women’s issues. She has worked as a consultant, educator, trainer and researcher on numerous projects which have focused on women’s empowerment. She gained her doctorate at Charles Sturt University (New South Wales, Australia) in 2007 with an exploration of women’s positioning in the Australian commercial fishing industry. Currently, she is working as a consultant with a focus on gender, social issues, community capacity building, community sector development and primary industry.