Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph

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Contents

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Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

When I first visited a Tasmanian salmon hatchery in November 2001, I had no idea that this was the beginning of an ethnographic journey with salmon that would last for more than ten years. But ethnographic encounters and academic exchanges triggered new questions and took me along unexpected paths. I am grateful for all the encounters—human and nonhuman—that have made this journey so exciting...

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1. Introduction: Salmon in the Making

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pp. 1-26

Salmon have come a long way. They were here before us. They were the backbone of coastal human livelihoods, a reliable and seasonal resource, a conduit of nutrients from the depths of distant oceans, conveniently delivered where the land meets the sea. Our history together goes way back. But recently it took off in a new direction.
This book is an ethnography of a “city of fish.” It tells the story of how salmon...

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2. Tracking Salmon

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pp. 27-47

The view from the twin-engine airplane is a mosaic of islands and inlets. Glaciers disappear from view as we descend from the rugged western part of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau and approach Sunnhordland, the labyrinth of waterways where melted snow and glacial water meet the salty seawater from the Atlantic Ocean. The steep valleys and glittering surface below is what tourists know...

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3. Becoming Hungry: Introducing the Salmon Domus

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pp. 48-75

It looks almost like an ordinary house, floating at sea: pitched roof, gray walls, an entrance, and a small window upstairs under the ridge. Until you notice the adjacent low structure of nets and railings stretched out along the water surface to the right, you might think this is a way to beat the current Norwegian property boom: a houseboat situated in the middle of the fjord. It would be an attractive...

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4. Becoming Biomass: Appetite, Numbers, and Managerial Control

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pp. 76-103

The salmon domus is a fragile assemblage, and fi sh are lively beings. Even in confinement, their fleshy vitality resists human attempts at control. But they can still be managed. One way of making the salmon assemblage manageable is through numbers. That is what this chapter is about.
The salmon domus can be conceived as a locality, a site. In chapter 3, we explored some ways in which the salmon assemblage...

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5. Becoming Scalable: Speed, Feed, and Temporal Alignments

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pp. 104-125

If domestication is a relation, how can we describe this relation in salmon farming? What is it made of? What kinds of textures are involved? Marilyn Strathern (2006) reminds us that relations can be many different things: connections, affinities, causes, effects, or particular forms of storytelling. Narratives of domestication foreground the human-animal relation as one of confinement and control. In previous...

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6. Becoming Sentient: Choreographies of Caring and Killing

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pp. 126-147

How do we come to terms with inflicting death on animals? How do we deal with their suffering? The question might be as old as human beings. Recently it has been addressed from many different angles, from animal rights activism to animal welfare regulations. Most debates concern terrestrial animals that can walk up to us and look us in the eye. But as aquaculture industry expands, such questions are...

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7. Becoming Alien: Back to the River

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pp. 148-163

The scene is the river Namsen, on the Norwegian west coast, but it could have happened on almost any of the several hundred rivers in Norway where salmon angling is permitted during the summer season. Namsen is one of the many well-known rivers where temporary salmon permits can be purchased at auctions each fall.3 While the fisherman in the story has purchased his permit to fish from the river...

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8. Tails

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pp. 164-172

So what have we learned about domestication? What is a domesticated salmon? And how can these insights help us navigate a world in which encounters between human and nonhuman are rarely simple and straightforward?
Marine aquaculture offers unique insight into domestication as an ongoing process. We have seen that, far from being settled once and for all, the salmon...

Notes

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pp. 173-196

References

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pp. 197-208

Index, Other Works in the Series

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pp. 209-214