Salmon life cycles: Death and other purposes

Gro Birgit Ween

Research output: Contribution to conferenceUnpublished paper


As situations, life and death are occasions that in some way are unnegotiable, they are also occasions situations that can only be attributed so many purposes. As occasions, life and death make temporal incongruities present and apparent. In this paper I will describe the different time imageries that are enacted in human-salmon relations with the Tana Atlantic salmon. I will explore several different kinds of relational frameworks, that order the appreciation of time in relations with the Tana salmon, and particularly, how the fishermen’s understandings of temporality interface with that of salmon biologists, working in the service of Norwegian natural resource management institutions. Other salmon-practices take part in the merging of the new salmon time, such as salmon farming and angling.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2012
EventAnnual conference of the American Anthropology Association - San Fransisco, United States
Duration: 14 Nov 201218 Nov 2012


ConferenceAnnual conference of the American Anthropology Association
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Fransisco


  • temporality
  • life cycles
  • human-animal relations
  • salmon


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