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xi ACKNOWLEDGMENTS As with so many books, this one was possible only through the support and collaboration of many people and groups. I am deeply grateful for funding provided by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the National Geographic Society for fieldwork and research, and to the American Association of University Women for a writing grant. People in Iceland, in general, were so open, generous, and kind to me during the research and writing of this book, I will have trouble thanking them all. Firstly, there are the seawomen themselves, too many to be named, who welcomed me into their homes, and who trusted me with their memories, adventures, and insight. It is to them that I dedicate this book. My dear friend Ágústa Lyons Flosadóttir helped me to understand so much about Iceland: its history, politics, and the complex fabric of its society; I also owe her a great deal. Her extended family in Iceland welcomed me as though I were an American relative, a hospitality of spirit that transformed my time there. Several research assistants and associates accompanied me during various phases of this research, literally making connections with seawomen possible. Anna Andersen and Álfrún Sigurgeirsdóttir were valued early research assistants, and I thank them for their help. Birna Gunnlaugsdóttir became my major field assistant, accompanying me through numerous adventures and exploits, helping me to understand histories and complexities between communities and people in Iceland. Þóra Lilja Sigurðardóttir worked as my historical, archival, and library research assistant; this research was possible only because of xii Acknowledgments her engagement as well as her research and organizational skills. Helga Tryggvadóttir very generously not only shared the statistically based material she had previously compiled on Icelandic seawomen but then worked with me to collect and compile the more extensive data that inform this volume. I would also like to thank the various staff of the Icelandic Maritime Administration for their time and for making available to us data that made such statistical analysis possible. Vilbergur Magni Óskarsson, director of the School of Navigation, also generously shared time and knowledge with me. I also very much appreciated Jósef Hólmjárn sharing with me his extensive knowledge of Icelandic fishing history and outstation life. I would like to thank the librarians and archivists in local libraries, museums, and archives of the various communities Birna and I visited throughout Iceland, who gave considerable time and effort searching for local material unavailable anywhere else. The same goes for so many people, in various communities and too many to name, who shared their considerable local historical knowledge with me. Sigurlaug Gunnlaugsdóttir and Gylfi Páll Hersir of Reykjav ík generously shared their home with me, and became cherished friends in the process. Margrét Brynjólfsdóttir kindly opened her home and gave her support to me, a researcher she hardly knew, while I was in Patreksfjördur. Hrafn Heimisson in Höfn also generously offered his hospitality for the time Birna and I spent there talking with seawomen. Various members of the University of Iceland were remarkably supportive , sharing their knowledge, insights, and connections with me. As I began this research, Gísli Pálsson’s immediate open support and encouragement meant a great deal, and I thank him. Also, Terry Gunnell was always very generous with his knowledge and time. Thorgerdur Einarsdóttir gave appreciated help in directing me to writings on Icelandic gender and women as I began this research. Katrín Anna Lund and Anna Karlsdóttir shared with me their considerable knowledge, becoming collaborators and friends. Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir and Kristín Loftsdóttir also became cherished friends, sharing with me articles and other material that informed this book. Even various staff at the University of Iceland cafés, where I spent considerable time and drank numerous cups of coffee, showed me kindness in encouraging me to speak Icelandic with them, even though they all spoke English fluently. Níels Einarsson of Akureyri also shared with me his consid- Acknowledgments xiii erable knowledge—and laughter—helping me to understand the complexities of Icelandic and international fisheries policies. Ragnhildur Bragadóttir very kindly shared with me her unpublished work on the Icelandic seawomen. The staff of the Maritime Museum in Reykjavík has likewise been incredibly supportive from the first time I visited, explaining to me various specifics of boat and fisheries history. From the Museum, I...


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