A Janus-faced sea: Contrasting perceptions and experiences of the Mediterranean
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SourceMast Maritime Studies, 3, 1, (2004), pp. 41-50
Article / Letter to editor
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SW OZ RSCR CAOS
Mast Maritime Studies
SubjectDynamics of culture and power
This article makes a plea for more systematic attention in maritime anthropology to the under researched topic of how people perceive and relate to the sea. More specifically, it deals with different perceptions and experiences of the Mediterranean. At its core is an account told by a clandestine Moroccan immigrant about his experience of crossing the Strait of Gibraltar. The agonistic image of the sea arising from this contemporary narrative is discussed against the historical background of changing attitudes towards the sea and contrasted to the tourist image of a benevolent Mediterranean that has become so pervasive over the past fifty years.
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