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TitleTerritoriality in the Grand Manan lobster fishery : a game theory analysis of the selection and use of fishing locations
AuthorParks, Robert Merlin
DescriptionThesis (M.A.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1985. Anthropology
Paginationiv, 212 leaves : ill., map.
SubjectHuman territoriality; Lobster fisheries--New Brunswick--Grand Manan Island; Game theory
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Anthropology
Spatial CoverageCanada--New Brunswick--Grand Manan Island
NotesBibliography: leaves 204-212. -- Page 93 blank.
AbstractThe interactions between members of a human population have long been the subject matter of anthropological studies. Much of the behavior involved in these interactions is learned behavior that is part of the extensive repertoire of suitable responses peculiar to an entire society, or part-society. -- Initially, this thesis, which to some extent employs a technique for purposes of illustration and explanation similar to that of "thick description" (Geertz 1973: 3-30), is concerned with revealing those behavioral responses which are appropriate to the manner in which a group of contemporary inshore lobster fishermen perceive, organize, and manipulate fishing space. -- Following this, the observations of spatial patterning which emerge from this investigation are placed within a more encompassing analytic framework, the Theory of Games. By using this analytic procedure to harness reality, as well as to depict the logic underlying that reality, it is intended that spatial patterning will be viewed as a function, not only of the cultural background of the people being studied, but also of the many relationships, activities, and emotions which develop in those situations characteristic of inshore lobster fishing operations. - Preface -- The fieldwork on which this study is based (from April 1973 to September 1973) was carried out to partially fulfill the requirements of a Master's degree in social anthropology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. -- The study was extensively supported by the Canadian Department of Fisheries with monies made available through the Social Sciences Research Branch. I 'would also like to acknowledge a small travel grant from the Institute of Social and Economic Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland. -- I would like to thank Dr. R. D. S. McDonald, Atlantic Regional Director, Social Sciences Research Branch, Department of Fisheries, Halifax, Nova Scotia, for recognizing some value in this type of investigation, as well as for his patience and assistance while the study was being completed. Also, I want to thank Dr. Elliott Leyton, Acting Director (1972-73) of the Institute of Social and Economic Research, for making my field study less of a financial burden by providing travel funds. -- I am grateful to Dr. Raoul Andersen, Mr. Louis Chiaramonte, and Dr. Richard K. Nelson for their stimulation and support while I was a student at Memorial University. Not only did they expose me to the field of maritime studies, but to a great extent they helped focus my academic curiosities and pursuits. -- I am deeply indebted to my close friend and advisor at Memorial University, Dr. Robert Barakat. Without his constant help, friendship, and encouragement, this study would have been a most difficult task. -- Finally, this study could not have been possible without the cooperation of the Grand Manan people. I am especially indebted to Mr. J. W. Ingalls and his family for making my fieldwork both pleasurable and profitable. Also, special thanks are due the following Islanders: Gerald Ingalls, Henry Ingalls, Harry Johnson, Deverne Green, Howard Ingalls, and Jerome Gilmore.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
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SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifier75337700
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
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