Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge by Margaret WillsonSeawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge by Margaret Willson

Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge

byMargaret Willson

Hardcover | May 11, 2016

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The plaque said this was the winter fishing hut of Thurídur Einarsdóttir, one of Iceland's greatest fishing captains, and that she lived from 1777 to 1863.

"Wait," anthropologist and former seawoman Margaret Willson said. "She??"

So began a quest. Were there more Icelandic seawomen? Most Icelanders said no, and, after all, in most parts of the world fishing is considered a male profession. What could she expect in Iceland?

She found a surprise. This book is a glimpse into the lives of vibrant women who have braved the sea for centuries. Their accounts include the excitement, accidents, trials, and tribulations of fishing in Iceland from the historic times of small open rowboats to today's high-tech fisheries. Based on extensive historical and field research, Seawomen of Iceland allows the seawomen's voices to speak directly with strength, intelligence, and - above all - a knowledge of how to survive.

This engaging ethnographic narrative will intrigue both general and academic readers interested in maritime culture, the anthropology of work, Nordic life, and gender studies.

Margaret Willson is affiliate associate professor of anthropology and Canadian studies at the University of Washington. She is the author of Dance Lest We All Fall Down: Breaking Cycles of Poverty in Brazil and Beyond.
Title:Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the EdgeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.25 × 6.3 × 1 inPublished:May 11, 2016Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295995505

ISBN - 13:9780295995502

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments A Note on Icelandic Language, Names, and Landscape Maps

Introduction: Fishing Expeditions

1. Survival on the Edge: A Hidden History 2. In Our Blood: A Lineage of Sea Knowledge3. The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Seawomen and the Rise of Hags, Trolls, and Whores 4. Endurance: Why Do These Women Still Go to Sea? 5. The Sea?s Siren Call: And the Jobs Seawomen Take in Reply 6. A Balance of Being: Ship Society 7. Paying to See the Stars: A New Kind of Survival

Appendix A | Historical Seawomen Appendix B | Age of Women Registered as Seafarers, 2007?11 Appendix C | Number of Female Fishermen, 1998?2011

NotesBibliographyIndexIllustrations follow page

Editorial Reviews

Seawomen of Iceland is a fabulous book, part memoir, part ethnography. Too often the presence of women at sea has been treated as an exception to be explained, but in this book the history and reality of seawomen is treated as fact and the stories follow from that. It?s about time!

- Charles Menzies, University of British Columbia