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Freedom and Poverty in the Fishery Commons

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dc.contributor.author Jentoft, Svein
dc.contributor.author Onyango, Paul
dc.contributor.author Islam, Mohammad Mahmudul
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-09T16:17:46Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-09T16:17:46Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5937
dc.description.abstract "Poverty was at the heart of the tragedy of the commons discourse from the very beginning. The idea was that commoners would inevitably end up deprived due to their own resource overuse. As Hardin saw it, if the initial problem was freedom of the commons, then limiting that freedom would logically reduce poverty. In this article, we argue that alleviating poverty among resource users calls for a broader concept of freedom than Hardin’s – one that is more in line with that of Amartya Sen’s 'freedom as agency.' Based on case-studies of smallscale fisheries and poverty in Bangladesh and Tanzania, we claim that the root of the tragedy of the commons is the restriction of freedom rather than unlimited freedom and that it is arguable whether the people who have no other option than to continue fishing for their livelihood, even in over-exploited ecosystems, could be understood to be free." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject poverty en_US
dc.subject governance and politics en_US
dc.subject smallholders en_US
dc.subject fisheries en_US
dc.title Freedom and Poverty in the Fishery Commons en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector Fisheries en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal International Journal of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 345-366 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth February en_US

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