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Thursday, June 27 • 13:00 - 14:30
On the move: Inclusion and exclusion in fishing communities in Asia

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Chaired by: Weeratunge, N.

On the move: Inclusion and exclusion in fishing communities in Asia
Nireka Weeratunge
 International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES)


Mobility is integral to fishing, centred on the pursuit of a mobile resource. Fishing communities in Asia reveal different types of mobility - e.g. seasonal fisheries migration, transition from near-shore to deep-sea fishing, migration for non-fisheries livelihoods. Processes of migration and mobility can confront heterogenous social groups with one another or reconfigure homogenous social groups. Based on the results of a three-country research project combining qualitative/quantitative methods in Cambodia, Tamil Nadu (India) and Sri Lanka, this panel will explore issues of social inclusion and exclusion in the context of migration and mobility, focusing on gendered social networks and identities in fishing communities. The papers will look at how women and men mobilise social networks and construct identities to enable or disable mobility, negotiate conflicts over access to fish resources between migrant and host groups, as well as cope with precariousness and build resilience through migration processes. Depletion and sustainability of the fisheries resource remains a critical concern of fisheries governance. However, contestation of rights and fairness in access to the resource emerge as greater concerns to fishing communities, as also the construction of fishing itself as a ‘skilled’ identity. Ascertaining the ways in which some groups benefit from mobility/migration while other groups are excluded is central to this discussion.


Gendered mobility, fish vending and powers of exclusion in Batticaloa and Ampara districts, Sri Lanka
Ragnhild Lund & Fazeeha Azmi

Fishing in distant waters: Gendered discourses of resource access, skill and wellbeing on the west coast of Tamil Nadu 
Nitya Rao & C. M. Pratheepa

Migration and wage work: Precariousness in the fishing communities in Cambodia
Kyoko Kusakabe & Prak Sereyvath

Migration, resource access and contestation: Networks and rights discourses among fishers in the West and East coasts of Sri Lanka
Nireka Weeratunge & Nadine Vanniasinkam

Participatory video: Youth perspectives on migration and aspirations from four fishing communities in Sri Lanka
Nadine Vanniasinkam



Thursday June 27, 2019 13:00 - 14:30
REC A2.06 Roeters Eiland Complex, University of Amsterdam