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The rhythms of shipboard life: work, hierarchy, occupational culture and multinational crews

Sampson, Helen ORCID: 2020. The rhythms of shipboard life: work, hierarchy, occupational culture and multinational crews. Gekara, Victor Oyaro and Sampson, Helen, eds. The World of the Seafarer: Qualitative Accounts of Working in the Global Shipping Industry, Vol. 9. WMU Studies in Maritime Affairs, Springer, pp. 87-98. (10.1007/978-3-030-49825-2_8)

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Several words repeatedly crop up when you ask a seafarer working in the international cargo fleet to describe a life at sea: ‘boring’, is one; ‘lonely’ is another; and the word ‘sacrifice’ is used very frequently as well. Most contemporary seafarers are recruited from developing economies where well-paid opportunities for work ashore are scarce and, if they can be found at all, are only available to highly skilled or qualified personnel. As a result, the money that can be earned at sea by both officers and ratings is often unparalleled and this encourages people to seek work as a seafarer when they are young. It also keeps many of them coming back to sea as they get older (as described so vividly by Baum-Talmor in Chap. 5) despite having come to grips with some of the rather unglamorous aspects of the job.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783030498245
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 April 2021
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 10:41

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