Fishing in Dire Straits – The potential of trade union organisation of artisanal fishermen in the informal economy in Ghana

Ida Emilie Stigaard Bruhn, Ulrik Selmer & Louise Kronborg Sørensen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis investigates the possibilities for including artisanal fishermen in the informal economy in the trade union movement. Boaventura De Sousa Santos’ postcolonial and critical call for “post abyssal thinking”, along with Benjamin Selwyn’s theory of labour-centered development and theories of power in labour constitutes the theoretical framework for the analysis. With point of departure in this postcolonial epistemology, we take an autoethnographic approach to assess the local consequences of the global political economy through a postcolonial lense. We further analyse how the fishermen struggle to ameliorate their conditions, and what the potential is for the unions to engage with and support such struggles. We find that the unions, despite challenges in creating horizontal solidarity with workers in the informal economy, can potentially contribute to ameliorating their conditions by creating pockets of solidarity within the current system, and by exercising the role of intercultural translators between various social actors, thus bringing forth the voices and realities of the fishermen.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato27 sep. 2017
Antal sider99
VejledereNina Torm


  • Uformel økonomi
  • Arbejderorganisering
  • Fagforeninger
  • Ghana
  • Fiskeri