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To Work and To Weep

Women in Fishing Economies

Edited by Dona Lee Davis & Jane Nadel-Klein
Categories: Anthropology/ethnography, Fisheries, Gender, Newfoundland And Labrador Studies, North Atlantic European Studies, Sociology
Series: Social and Economic Papers
Series Number: 18
Paperback : 9780919666603, 320 pages, April 1988


Here is a cross-cultural collection of ethnographic essays (from Brazil, Newfoundland, Portugal, India, Scotland, Malaysia and Peru) that challenge popular images of women in fishing communities. Offering theoretical contentions about women in society, To Work and to Weep is a text relevant to Women's Studies as well as Ecologic and Economic Anthropology.


. ..very important to anthropologists and others engaged in Women's Studies. The question of women's status, roles, and relationships with men in settings frequently characterized by the division of labour is not at all unique to fishing communities, although they provide excellent ways to study it.

- Anthropologica

The book is not only about sex roles, but about the social construction of gender, and its relationship to ecology in the broadest sense.

- Bonnie J. McCay, Rutgers University