Fishing and globalization

Fishing and globalization - Joey Volpe Globalization is a...

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Joey Volpe Globalization is a phenomenon that, in a sense, has been occurring ever since different groups of people came in contact with one another, however in a time when information can be sent across the planet in an instant the process has sped up almost infinitely. When this happens people are able to share and learn ideas and opinions on every topic imaginable but throughout the course of history the ideas shared and things learned have changed drastically. However, by meeting or interacting with each other, becoming more integrated and possibly learning something for the first time these interactions have been but just one of the steps in the ongoing process that is globalization. Many philosophers and others have discussed this topic of globalization and while most of them believe it is real, the central focus of the argument is the channels through which globalization manifests and perpetuates itself. Steger’s definition contains four different dimensions, which are economic, political, cultural and ecological, and one activity/industry that has had an effect on all of these different dimensions in the course of human history is fishing. Whether it is the regulations placed on fisheries, the billions of dollars spent each year by anglers and consumers, the different techniques for catching and preparing fish around the world, or the threats posed to the oceans by overfishing, this activity that encompasses everything from commercial to cane pole fishing can clearly be seen as a force behind as well as an result of globalization. While most of my paper will focus on the way that fishing is a form of globalization through the transfer of cultural ideas and techniques and the formation of fishing cultures
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throughout time, I will also discuss the way it has impacts on the other three aspects of Steger’s idea of globalization The history of fishing begins before the domestication of plants and animals when people would use fishing as a way to provide sustenance for the family (Radcliffe 5). As time progressed and people began to settle in permanent locations fishing became an important industry to many and still provided large amounts of food for these beginning civilizations. Chinese accounts date back to the fourth century BC and describe using silk line attached to a piece of bamboo and cooked rice as bait, other evidence of fishing from the ancient world can be found in ancient Roman, Greek, Egyptian, and Jewish writings, as well as the paintings in some of the caves inhabited by our ancestors (Radcliffe 7-9). Fishing is also mentioned in the bible multiple times one of them being when Jesus recruits fishermen as disciples. These groups each developed different techniques and tools that remained for the most part localized during that time due to the lack of communication and inability to spread ideas across far distances, but as people became more mobile and groups met each other for the first time some of these techniques and tools were shared and introduced to
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2011 for the course ENC 1145 taught by Professor Caputo during the Spring '08 term at FSU.

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