"Ranta's study reveals how the international politics on fishing also have an impact on emigration, on understanding environmental sustainability and on reaching the Millennium Development Goals. In media and immigration studies, the focus has usually been on the effects of the immigration on societies and countries which have not even able to assimilate newcomers into their social environment. Ranta, on the contrary, examines the reasons behind emigration from the viewpoint of unemployed Senegalese fishers. She gives a voice to the "voiceless subalterns" and points out their lack of democratic influence in issues in what were formerly their own fishing waters. The ethnological method applied has demanded intensive commitment to the life situations of the fishers and innovativeness in interviewing. Ranta's study highlights the importance of intercultural dialogue and necessity of fieldwork. For this positive endeavour, Ranta's study delivers an outstanding qualification."
12 nov 2014
Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID)