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Issue No:82
  • :0973–1121
  • :February
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.82, February 2020

Blue Justice

In this book, Svein Jentoft argues, with concise and precise logic, that we should not lose sight of communities when extending our perspective to the world of fisheries at large Life above Water: Essays on Human Experiences of Small-Scale Fisheries. TBTI Global Book Series 1, 2019

This review is by Fikret Berkes (, distinguished Professor Emeritus, Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada

Svein Jentoft is well known to readers of SAMUDRA Report. Many of us eagerly look forward to Jentoft’s incisive comments on small-scale fisheries, fishing communities, human rights, gender, co-management, governance, and related topics. However, some of us don’t know that these articles are based on talks Jentoft has given in various parts of the world. That is why they are easy to read, and so concise and precise with flawless logic. Although Jentoft’s own research is mainly about Norwegian fisheries, his talks and articles are of global interest. They are also timeless. For example, his 1999 SAMUDRA Report article, “Beyond the Veil”, about gender roles in fishing communities, is, in my view, still the seminal article on this topic.

For all these reasons, Jentoft’s new book, Life above Water, is going to be...

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