An Ethnographic Analysis of Cultural and Environmental Relationship: Fishermen in Turkey (Erdek/Narli Village)

By Seda Kilinc.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This ethnographic analysis examined cultural and environmental relationships among fishermen living in Narli (Erdek/Balikesir) Village, Turkey, and explored, within the scope of cultural ecology, how they have adapted to their environment through cultural mechanisms according to the nature of the environment and in relation to society’s socio-cultural structure and requirements. The research further examined the effects of the sea-centered ecosystem on cultural patterns and perceptions of the environment. An objective assessment of the data collected via semi-structured questions that paralleled the study objectives revealed that fishermen, completing a complex and a wearisome job, made environmental adaptations proportional to the structure, requirements, and technology of society. In addition, it has also been found that the relationships of fishermen with their families were rather warm and sincere, with the observation that they tried to think life with all aspects. It has also been found that the fishermen made some rituals and performed some prayers in order to get positive results from the fish hunt. This paper discusses these findings according to the Cultural Ecology approach.

Keywords: Cultural Ecology, Environmental Relationships, Sea and Human Relationships

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.259-266. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 561.032KB).

Seda Kilinc

Research Assistant, Department of Folklore, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey

Seda Kilinc Research Assistant Place and Date of Birth: Ankara - 01.01.1981 Education: 1997-1998: Ankara University English Preparatory Class 1998-2002: (BA) Faculty of Letters Social Anthropology and Ethnology Department 2002-2005: (MA) Ankara University Institute for Social Sciences Folklore (Ethnology) Department 2005 : (PhD) Student Ankara University Institute for Social Sciences Folklore (Ethnology) Department (contiuning) Institution: 2005 : Research Assistant Ankara University Faculty of Letters, Folklore Department (contiuning) Working Interests: Ethnicity, Cultural Identity, Cultural Ecology, Ecology and Religion, Visual Anthropology, Globalizm and Society

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