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Pescador, September 6
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Exploring the use of visual anthropological methods to study sharks and shark fishers
Paterakis, Kristin Marie ( author )
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1 electronic file (66 pages) : ;


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Sharks ( lcsh )
Fishers ( lcsh )
California, Gulf of (Mexico) ( lcsh )
bibliography ( marcgt )
theses ( marcgt )
non-fiction ( marcgt )


This thesis sets out to interrogate current representations of sharks and shark fishers by calling for a reexamination of how sharks and shark fishers are portrayed in media and academic narratives. Popular media historically presents sharks as brainless human eaters that roam the seas bringing danger to coastal communities. To defend sharks, fishers have been targeted in films and in conservation academia as the “real” villain, blaming them for the severe decline in shark populations. I have come to dedicate my research to understanding the nuanced relationship between sharks and fishers and the structures that perpetuate the demonization of both in the media and in conservation discourse. This thesis is inspired by theory of multispecies ethnography and visual anthropology to question how sharks and fishers are represented and uses visual methods to explore new ways to illuminate the lived realities experienced by fishers and sharks
Baja California Sur is one example of where human livelihoods and the marine environment coexist – where environmental degradation means degradation of the oceanculture. It further illuminates how the larger social forces driven by the demand for shark products constrain livelihoods far removed from the point of consumption. To support this thesis I produced two short films showcasing visual anthropology and its potential to change the conservation conversation ( I advocate to include the voices of marginalized human and non-human others who are often spoken for or about and rarely given the opportunity to speak for themselves, nor a platform to be heard. This thesis pushes the boundaries of anthropology with aims to increase awareness among social scientists and conservationists, and engage these audiences by sharing personal realities of those most directly affected by the decline in shark populations. I hope to inspire others in wildlife conservation and human rights to search for new ways to bring about awareness and create change by questioning how to include the voices of marginalized others
Thesis (M.A.)--University of Colorado Denver.
Includes bibliographic references
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by Kristin Marie Paterakis.

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Auraria Library
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Auraria Library
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951919595 ( OCLC )


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