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Injury and Therapy: Proletarianization in Puerto Rico's Fisheries

David Griffith, Manuel Valdés Pizzini and Jeffrey C. Johnson
American Ethnologist
Vol. 19, No. 1 (Feb., 1992), pp. 53-74
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/644825
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

Peasant fishers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean typically combine fishing with wage labor to varying degrees. Certain scholars have interpreted this as a reflection of incomplete incorporation into capitalist spheres of influence, where contradictions emerge as groups attempt to maintain economic and cultural autonomy while being subordinated to capitalist relations of production. In this article we investigate the conceptual and political consequences of this process among Puerto Rican fishers. We find that fishers have appropriated the concepts of "class" and "therapy" from their participation in the formal economy and have adapted these concepts to the politics and semantics of artisanal fishing. [fishing, hegemony, semiproletarianization, Puerto Rico]

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