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Theoretical Implications of Maritime Sociology
Theoretical Implications of Maritime Sociology

Author(s): Emilio Cocco
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Polska Akademia Nauk - Oddział w Gdańsku, Komisja Socjologii Morskiej
Keywords: sea; land; sociology; maritime; social space

Summary/Abstract: The sea is certainly not one of the favourite research topics of sociology and despite a recent and new popularity among historians and geographers, the sea remains generally a stranger to contemporary sociologists. Conversely, I think that to frame and shed light on the wider theoretical implications of maritime sociology would be beneficial to all possible approaches within sociological research. In this article I intend to give my contribution to the fulfillment of the expectation of above by discussing the ways sociology can understand the sea as a truly social space, beyond any abstract dichotomies separating “grounded” societies and offshore voids. Also, I try to suggest some concrete moves to relocate maritime sociology within the wider sociological debate and to develop the heuristic potential of the sea.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: XXII
  • Page Range: 5-18
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English
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