Maritime Sociology (14th ESA-Conference, 20-23 August 2019, Manchester/UK)

Dear maritime researchers,
we will organize the research stream "Maritime Sociology" during the 14th ESA Conference in Manchester in August next year. We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to our stream:

The deadline is 1st of February 2019!

Best greetings and hopefully see you in Manchester!
Agnieszka Kolodziej-Durnas and Frank Sowa


RS03 - Maritime Sociology
Coordinators: Agnieszka Kołodziej-Durnaś, University of Szczecin, Poland, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Frank Sowa, Nuremberg Tech Georg Simon Ohm, Germany,
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The topic of the sea and society is not new to sociology. Some of the founding fathers of sociology did research on specific maritime spaces. For instance in 1896, the German sociologist Ferdinand Tönnies analyzed the working conditions and wages of different maritime professions as well as the major strike of 1896/97 in Hamburg. Today, Tönnies is regarded as the founder of maritime sociology. But also for other classical sociologists maritime spaces were not unfamiliar. Norbert Elias was interested in studying the careers of naval professions and intended to publish a book on that topic. In Poland, sociologists have been conducting research in the field of maritime research for over half a century now. Maritime sociology issues are also studied e.g. in the UK, Scandinavia and Mediterranean countries as well as in North America.
This Research Stream on maritime issues brings together scholars from sociology from all over the world to continue a discussion on the interrelations between society and the sea. We would like to exchange theoretical perspectives on maritime issues in a historical perspective (from the founding fathers of sociology to recent theories) and present all fields of empirical maritime sociology research (e.g. sustainability issues, seaside local communities, construction of collective community identity) including a variety of sociological methods (discourse analysis, grounded theory, qualitative interviews, quantitative methods, ethnography). We would like to discuss how sociology is approaching the subject of maritime issues and what kind of strengths and weaknesses are associated with such a perspective of maritime sociology.