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Marine Dhermy-Mairal, Jean-François Bert, and Baudry Rocquin

Maurice Halbwachs. Keynes, abstraction et expérience. Sur la théorie générale , Gilles Montigny (éd.). Paris : Éditions rue d’Ulm / Presses de l’École normale supérieure, 2016, 205pp. Compte rendu par Marine Dhermy-Mairal À la faveur d’un intérêt

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‘You don't joke with these fellows.’ Power and ritual in South Canara, India

Marine Carrin and Harald Tambs‐Lyche

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Valuing and Evaluating Marine Ecosystem Services

Putting the Right Price on Marine Environments?

Julian Clifton, Leanne C. Cullen-Unsworth, and Richard K. F. Unsworth

The flow of ecosystem services from coral reefs, seagrass meadows and mangrove forests sustains the livelihoods of billions of people worldwide. Faced with the global degradation of marine and coastal ecosystems, policy makers are increasingly focusing on ecosystem service valuation techniques to encourage conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. Here we provide a review and synthesis of the available information on economic valuation techniques as applied to tropical marine habitats. Our study demonstrates the high variability and lack of consistency in outcomes from these studies. We conclude that, if the concept of ecosystem goods and services is to make a positive contribution towards managing the impacts of humans on the environment, then economic valuation approaches must reflect the inherent limitations of economic theory whilst emphasizing the complexity and heterogeneity of the natural environment and human decision making.

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Addressing Marine Plastic Pollution

The Plastic Soup Foundation and the Four-Dimensional Application of the Social Quality Approach

Laurent J. G. van der Maesen

Plastic pollution has become a pressing environmental problem. An increasing mass of plastic products ends up in oceans and landfills. One international grassroots organization—the Plastic Soup Foundation (PSF)—tries to influence politics and policies of governments and businesses that can be held responsible for this pollution. In Michiel Roscam Abbing’s recent book Plastic Soup Atlas of the World, the current problematique of plastic pollution is presented from a broad perspective and in a highly accessible way. This article’s main objective is to investigate, first, what can be learned from the PSF’s history and context and, second, whether this knowledge can deliver points of departure for enhancing the social quality approach to become functional for addressing environmental questions from the perspective of societal changes.

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Remaking Oceans Governance

Critical Perspectives on Marine Spatial Planning

Luke Fairbanks, Noëlle Boucquey, Lisa M. Campbell, and Sarah Wise

Introduction New marine spatial planning (MSP) projects are being carried out in ocean spaces across the world. Since the early 2000s, state, NGO, and intergovernmental actors have promoted MSP, and the academic literature has followed these

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Amelia Moore and Jerry K. Jacka

animals through fisheries biology and marine stock enhancement programs. Theoretically, Hamada deploys multispecies ethnography to examine these hybrid seascapes. Multispecies ethnography, he argues, “let fish and shellfish think and talk like other human

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Decoupling Seascapes

An Anthropology of Marine Stock Enhancement Science in Japan

Shingo Hamada

not limited to the introduction of techno-scientifically produced fish released into the ocean. The anthropogenic intervention into marine ecosystem with stocking artificially hatched and released fishery species epitomizes the oceanic politics of

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Green Out of the Blue, or How (Not) to Deal with Overfed Oceans

An Analytical Review of Coastal Eutrophication and Social Conflict

Alix Levain, Carole Barthélémy, Magalie Bourblanc, Jean-Marc Douguet, Agathe Euzen, and Yves Souchon

Despite harmful local consequences on coastal communities and biodiversity for many decades, eutrophication of marine systems due to high levels of nutrient loading of human origin has only recently gained public visibility ( Diaz and Rosenberg

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Accounting for Loss in Fish Stocks

A Word on Life as Biological Asset

Jennifer E. Telesca

Introduction: Taking Stock 1 In the world of marine conservation, there is no keyword more important than a fish stock . Commonplace, taken-for-granted, repeated without end, this single term expresses the granular work of unbounded human power

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Vladimir Arsen’ev and Whales in Russia’s Revolutionary Far East

Ryan Tucker Jones

expertise on historical and contemporary world whaling, and surveyed the region's marine mammal distributions and migrations. Most important, he and others attempted to find reasonable and sustainable compromises between the interests of Indigenous Pacific