Re-thinking subsistence in turbulent times: new contexts, configurations, and intersections with social and environmental justice

CHAIRS: CLAY, Patricia (NOAA Fisheries) and

Session abstract: 

Subsistence has long been recognized as a cultural system among indigenous peoples—a way of harvesting, sharing resources, and maintaining social traditions. While pioneered and formalized in the US with respect to Alaska Natives, there has been a 10-year proliferation of research on non-indigenous communities practicing subsistence in nontraditional contexts (including coastal Louisiana, Northeast coastal fishing, and fishing in urban rivers and parks). This panel brings together research and work from recent studies to encourage re-thinking subsistence given contemporary realities. The papers investigate the intersection of subsistence harvesting and social and environmental justice. 

Session Participants: 

FISKE, Shirley (UMD)

REGIS, Helen A. (LSU)

WALTON, Shana (Nicholls State U) 

CALLAWAY, Donald (NPS, retired)

POE, Melissa (UW Sea Grant & NOAA) 

EBBIN, Syma (UConn) 

DISCUSSANT: LUTON, Harry (BOEM)


FISKE, Shirley (UMD) “Fishing for Food”: Subsistence Fishing in Urban Rivers and Environmental Justice 

REGIS, Helen A. (LSU) and WALTON, Shana (Nicholls State U) From Festivals to Subsistence and Back Again 

CALLAWAY, Donald (NPS, retired) Food Insecurity among “Subsistence” Anglers in the D.C. Area

POE, Melissa (UW Sea Grant & NOAA) Sustaining the Subsistence Value and Cultural Seafood Practices Associated with Commercial Fisheries of the United States West Coast

EBBIN, Syma (UConn) Fishing for Meaning: Probing Competing Perceptions of Food Fish and Fisheries

DISCUSSANT: LUTON, Harry (BOEM)

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Session took place in 2019 in Portland, Oregon, at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology