A Shifting Shore: Locals, Outsiders, and the Transformation of a French Fishing Town, 1823-2000 by Alice GarnerA Shifting Shore: Locals, Outsiders, and the Transformation of a French Fishing Town, 1823-2000 by Alice Garner

A Shifting Shore: Locals, Outsiders, and the Transformation of a French Fishing Town, 1823-2000

byAlice Garner

Hardcover | December 9, 2004

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How does tourism transform fishing communities into vibrant resorts, working shores into bathing beaches? In A Shifting Shore, Alice Garner traces the ways fisherfolk, bathers, investors, and engineers understood, claimed, and remade the shores of the Bassin d'Arcachon, a prime fishing and oyster-farming site in southwestern France, over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Garner's interest in the coastline—a zone that resists all attempts at definition—shapes this generously illustrated book.

Rather than taking a straightforward chronological approach to the settlement and evolution of the towns of Arcachon and La Teste, Garner investigates the development of the Bassin d'Arcachon's southern shores with the aim of recovering something of the "lived space" experienced by locals and visitors. Drawing on guidebooks, newspapers, bylaws, engineers' reports, medical pamphlets, postcards, and the accounts of literary-minded holidaymakers, Garner shows how investors and developers transformed Arcachon and its community—beaches were rezoned and jetties constructed to favor bathers, and a new railway line brought ever-increasing numbers of visitors to the area.

Exploring how fishermen and women resisted developments that threatened their livelihood or their particular sense of belonging, she also shows how they adapted to the changing environment and to their new roles as guides and entertainers. A Shifting Shore, while anchored in Arcachon and La Teste, has much to contribute to a nuanced understanding of relations between hosts and guests in any community.

Title:A Shifting Shore: Locals, Outsiders, and the Transformation of a French Fishing Town, 1823-2000Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.38 inPublished:December 9, 2004Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801442826

ISBN - 13:9780801442827

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"A Shifting Shore is an engaging and persuasive account of the historical transformation of the southern shore of the Bassin d'Arcachon from a fishing community to a popular seaside resort. We learn how the cultural values, social practices, and individual actions of developers, engineers, men and women within the local fishing community, and tourists variously shaped and contested the meanings and uses of this particular locale. The result is a remarkable book, enlivened by splendid prose, that conveys a rich and textured history of Arcachon as 'lived space' while remaining acutely aware of the influence of forces of change and continuity occurring elsewhere in France."—Ellen Furlough, University of Kentucky