The Entangling Net: Alaska's Commercial Fishing Women Tell Their Lives
by Leslie Fields
University of Illinois Press, 1997
Paper: 978-0-252-06565-1 | Cloth: 978-0-252-02220-3
Library of Congress Classification HD6073.F652U64 1997
Dewey Decimal Classification 331.4839209798

  "Truly remarkable portraits
        of courage." -- John van Amerongen, editor, Alaska Fisherman's
      "These little-known tales
        of women working in Alaska's commercial fishing industry make for great
        reading. . . . Readers will be amazed by their stories." -- Laine
        Welch, Alaska Fish Radio
      "A richly textured story,
        a multi-genre text that invites readers to witness women's conversation
        with America's last frontier, Alaska." -- Patricia Foster, University
        of Iowa
      Why do women choose an occupation
        that has been ranked the most dangerous in the nation? What do women give
        up--and get in return--when they take on the tasks of fishermen? The
        Entangling Net explores these issues through the stories of twenty
        women who have chosen to work in this extremely risky, male-dominated
      Leslie Leyland Fields lyrically
        weaves their stories with her own experiences as a fishing woman. She
        tells of long, exhausting days in skiffs, catching fish in brutally cold
        weather on waters that are often violent. Her words and those of the women
        she interviews convey the paradoxical relationship the women have with
        commercial fishing: they face extraordinarily difficult working conditions
        made more difficult and dangerous by male crews and skippers who don't
        welcome women, yet they feel impelled by the challenge of the work to
        return to their jobs season after season.

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