By Rob van Ginkel
This ethnographic research considers the engagement of Dutch fishermen with the constrained assets of the marine global, in addition to the capricious markets and political interventions that govern the fishing from the early eighteenth-century to the current day. extra particularly, it specializes in the owner-operators, deckhands, fishermen’s other halves, and others enthusiastic about the fisheries of Texel, an island on the northwestern finish of the Netherlands. Elucidating how the fishermen have navigated treacherous waters, in either a true and metaphorical feel, for plenty of a long time, Braving bothered Waters deals a portrait of a group on the interface of neighborhood, nationwide, and supranational processes.About the AuthorRob van Ginkel is senior lecturer in cultural anthropology on the college of Amsterdam. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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Oudeschilders, who previously had not occupied themselves with fishing, owned nine of the smaller vessels. The number of sailors dropped to less than a hundred. The French were expelled from the island in 1813, but Texel’s misery was not over yet. Piloting suffered when the North Holland Canal was opened in 1825. Vessels destined for Amsterdam no longer needed to navigate the shallow Zuider Sea and the Texel Roads swiftly lost its function. By the end of the decade, the number of Texel pilot boats had dwindled to fifteen.
From here, two parallel roads, intersected by a few alleys, run in a southwest–northeast direction. The easternmost road faces the Wadden Sea dyke, while the other one soon bifurcates in yet another parallel road. Making our way north along the easternmost road, we come across a community centre, a hotel-restaurant annex bar with a terrace, a small supermarket and a hairdresser’s. There once used to be many shops and artisan workshops along this stretch of the road, but today most buildings are family homes.
Slightly to the north is the road to Den Burg, where we encounter several shops that mostly cater for tourists. It runs in an east–west direction. Going west, we find a new housing project with detached and semi-detached houses on its southern side, and on its northern side an area for houses and small industries that has also been developed recently. Returning east, we hit the dyke that embraces the harbour. The harbour comprises three sections: the Northern Harbour, the Southern Harbour and the New Harbour.
Braving Troubled Waters: Sea Change in a Dutch Fishing Community by Rob van Ginkel