MCC Virtual Bookshelf


Welcome to our ‘Virtual Bookshelf.’ It is intended as a creatively eclectic array of reading lists concerning various aspects of coastal and marine scholarship. You are invited to contribute titles, particularly those that have inspired your thinking and practice.  Indeed, such bibliographies will always be subjective and partial, influenced by a broad range of interests.

The listed themes and their published titles are not exhaustive; nor are the themes mutually exclusive. You are welcome to suggest new thematic currents, historic and contemporary writing (scholarship within and beyond academia, creative writing etc.), including non-textual material such as documentary productions, ethnographic films etc.

We also welcome non-English language titles, together with a respective link and a brief title translation in English.

Coastal and Marine Governance / Management

Brennan, Ruth. E.; Valcic Branka (2012). Shifting perspectives – how the masks we wear can facilitate and inhibit channels of communication in the social-environmental policy context. Ocean & Coastal Management 62, 1-8.

Jay, Stephen (2018). The shifting sea: from soft space to lively space. Environmental Policy and Planning DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2018.1437716.

Heidkamp, Patrick C.; Morrissey, John (2018). Towards Coastal Resilience and Sustainability. London: Routledge.

Mazé, Camille; Dahou, Tarik; Ragueneau, Olivier; et al. (2017). Knowledge and power in integrated coastal management. For a political anthropology of the sea combined with the sciences of the marine environment.Comptes Rendus Geoscience, 349, (6-7), 359-368.

Moore, Amelia (2012). The Aquatic Invaders: Marine Management Figuring Fishermen, Fisheries, and Lionfish in The Bahamas. Cultural Anthropology 27(4), 667-688.

Shackeroff, Janna M.; Hazen, Elliott L.; Crowder, Larry B. (2009). The Oceans as Peopled Seascapes. – In: K. L. McLeod; H. M. Leslie (eds)(2009). Ecosystem-based management for the Oceans. Washington D.C: Island Press, 33-54.

Wise, Sarah P. (2014). Learning through experience: Non-implementation and the challenges of protected area conservation in The Bahamas. Marine Policy 46, 111-118.


Coastal and Marine Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Carse, Ashley (2012). Nature as Infrastructure: Making and Managing the Panama Canal Watershed. Social Studies of Science 42(4),539-563.

Carse, Ashley (2014). Beyond the big ditch: politics, ecology, and infrastructure at the Panama Canal. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.

Helmreich, Stefan (2009). Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas. Berkeley, Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Jensen, Casper Bruun (2017). Amphibious Worlds: Environments, Infrastructures, Ontologies. Engaging Science, Technology and Society 3, 224-234.


Coastal and Maritime Histories

Duck, Robert (2015). On the Edge: Coastlines of Britain. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Ford, Caroline (2014). Sydney Beaches: A History. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press.

Gillis, John (2015). The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Hazbun, Waleed (2008). Beaches, Ruins, Resorts: The Politics of Tourism in the Arab World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Ingleby, Matthew; Kerr, Matthew P.M. (2018). Coastal Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Kaufman, Wallace; Pilkey Jr., Orrin (1984). The Beaches Are Moving: The Drowning of America´s Shoreline. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press.

Keshodkar, Akbar (2013). Tourism and Social Change in Post-Socialist Zanzibar: Struggles for Identity, Movement, and Civilization. London: Rowman and Littlefield.

Mathieson, Charlotte (2016). Sea Narratives: Cultural Responses to the Sea, 1600–Present. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Reise, Karsten (2014). A Natural History of the Wadden Sea: Riddled by Contingencies. Wilhelmshaven Common Wadden Sea Secretariat.

Pearson, Michael N. (2006). Littoral Society: The Concept and the Problems.Journal of World History17(4),353-373.

Worthington, David (2017). Introducing the New Coastal History: Cultural and Environmental Perspectives from Scotland and Beyond. -In: Worthington, David (ed.)(2017). The New Coastal History: Cultural and Environmental Perspectives from Scotland and Beyond. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 3-30.


Coastal Geographies – Territory, Space, Place and Landscape

Collins, Damian; Kearns, Robin (2010). “It’s a gestalt experience”: Landscape values and development pressure in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Geoforum 41(3),435–446.

Collins, Damian; Kearns, Robin (2010). “Pulling up the Tent Pegs?” The Significance and Changing Status of Coastal Campgrounds in New Zealand. Tourism Geographies 12(1),53-76.

Flitner, Michael; Heins, Volker; Herbeck, Johannes (2018). Critical Beaches. Coastal Erosion and Geosociality in South-Eastern Ghana.– In: Nadalutti, Elisabetta; Kallscheuer, Otto (Eds.). Region-Making and Cross-Border Cooperation: New Evidence from Four Continents.London: Routledge, 47-63.

Gesing, Friederike (2017). Whose Beach, Which Nature? Erosion Control and the Coproduction of Coastal Naturecultures in Aotearoa New Zealand. – In: Dürr, Eveline; Pascht Anton (Eds.).Environmental Transformations and Cultural Responses: Ontologies, Discourses, and Practices in Oceania.New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 125-156.

Jarrat, David (2015). Sense of place at a British coastal resort: Exploring ‘seasideness’ in Morecambe. Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal, 63 (3), 351-363.

Kearns, Robin; Collins, Damian (2012). Feeling for the Coast: The Place of Emotion in Resistance to Residential Development. Social & Cultural Geography 13(8),937-955.

Köpsel, Vera; Walsh, Cormac, & Leyshon, Catherine (2017) Landscape narratives in practice: implications for climate change adaptation, Geographical Journal, 183(2),175-186.

MacKinnon Ian.; Brennan Ruth (2012). Dùthchas na Mara/Dúchas na Mara/Belonging to the Sea. Exploring the cultural roots of maritime conflict on Gaelic speaking islands in Scotland and IrelandOban:Scottish Association for Marine Science.

Peters, Kimberley; Steinberg, Philip; Stratford, Elaine (eds.)(2018). Territory Beyond Terra. London: Rowan and Littlefield.

Ryan, Anna (2011). Where land meets sea: coastal explorations of landscape: representation and spatial experience. London: Routledge.

Satizabal, Paula; Batterbury, Simon P. J. (2018). Fluid geographies: marine territorialisation and the scaling up of local aquatic epistemologies on the Pacificcoast of Colombia. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 43(1), 61-78.

Steinberg, Philip. E. (2001). The Social Construction of the Ocean. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Steinberg, Philip.; Peters, Kimberley (2015). Wet ontologies, fluidspaces: giving depth to volume through oceanic thinking. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 33(2), 247–264.

Subramanian, Ajantha. (2009). Shorelines: Space and rights in South India. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press.

Walsh, Cormac & Döring, Martin (2018) (eds.) Cultural Geographies of Coastal Change (Special Section) Area, 50(2), 145-296.


Critical Ocean Studies

Cunliffe, Barry (2017). On the Ocean: The Mediterranean and the Atlantic from prehistory to AD 1500. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Helmreich, Stefan (2010). Human Nature at Sea. Anthropology Now2(3), 49-60.

Hereniko, Vilsoni (2001). David and Goliath: A Response on “The Oceanic Imaginary. The Contemporary Pacific 13(1), 163-168.

Humberstone, Barbara (2015). Embodied Narratives: Being with the Sea. – In: Brown, Mike; Humberstone, Barbara (eds.) (2015). Seascapes: Shaped by the Sea. Surrey: Ashgate, 27-41.

Irigaray, Luce (1991). Marine Lover of Friedrich Nietzsche. New York: Colombia University Press.


Ethnographies of The Coastal and Marine

Symes, Colin (2012). All at sea: an auto-ethnography of a slowed community, on a container ship. Annals of Leisure Research 15(1), 55-68.

Ges­ing, Friederike (2016). Work­ing with Nature in Aotearoa New Zea­l­and: An Eth­no­graphy of Coastal Pro­tec­tion. Bielefeld: Tran­script. Avalaible also as open access pdf.

Hastrup, Frida (2011). Weathering the world: Recovery in the wake of the tsunami in a Tamil fishing village.New York: Berghahn Books.

Hastrup, Frida (2011). Shady plantations: Theorizing coastal shelter in Tamil Nadu. Anthropological Theory 11(4), 425–439.

Klepp, Silja (2011): Europa zwischen Grenzkontrolle und Flüchtlingsschutz. Eine Ethnographie der Seegrenze auf dem Mittelmeer.Bielefeld: transcript.

Sampson, Helen (2014). International seafarers and transnationalism in the twenty-first century. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Vannini, Phillip (2014). Non-representational ethnography: new ways of animating lifeworlds. Cultural Geographies 22(2), 317-327.

Walley, Christine (2004). Rough waters: Nature and development in an East African marine park.Princeton: Princeton University Press.


Fiction – Marine and Coastal Writing

Jacobsen, Roy (2016). The Unseen. London: Maclehose Press.

Wood, Lucy (2012). Diving Belles.London: Bloomsburg.


Film – Documentaries And Features

Brennan, Ruth; Hurrel, Stephen (2016).Producing Seascapes: a documentary.

Filmore, Matthew; Somiah, Vila (2014).Di Ambang: Stateless in Sabah.

Han, Andrew (2017). The Hills and the Sea.


Fishing Lifeworlds

Astuti, Rita (1995).People of the Sea: Identity and descent among the Vezo of Madagascar. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

Busby, Cecilia (2000).The Performance of Gender: An Anthropology of Everyday Life in a South Indian Fishing Village. London/ New Brunswick, NJ: Athlone Press.

Firth, Raymond (1966).Malay fishermen: their peasant economy. London: Kegan Paul.

Hess, Adrian (2010).´Working the Waves:´ The Plebeian Culture and Moral Economy of Traditional Basque Fishing Brotherhoods. Journal of Interdisciplinary History 40(4), 551 —578.

Hoeppe, Götz (2007). Conversations on the Beach: Fishermen’s Knowledge, Metaphor and Environmental Change in South India. New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Hornidge, Anna-Katharina; Siriwardane-de Zoysa, Rapti (2016). Putting Lifeworlds at Sea: Studying Meaning-Making in Marine Research.Frontiers in Marine Science 3(197).

Kube, Kristin (2013). Hochseefischer: Die Lebenswelt eines maritimen Berufsstandes aus biographischer Perspektive. Münster: Waxmann Publishing.

Pauwelussen, Annet P. (2017). Amphibious Anthropology: Engaging with Maritime Worlds in Indonesia. Wageningen:Wageningen University.

Schneider, Katharina (2012). Saltwater Sociality: A Melanesian Island Ethnography. New York/ Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Siriwardane-de Zoysa, Rapti (2018). Fishing, Mobility and Settlerhood: Coastal Socialities in Postwar Sri Lanka. Cham: Springer.

Sharp, Nonie (2002).Saltwater People: The Waves of Memory.Toronto: Toronto University Press.

van Ginkel, Rob (2007). Coastal Cultures: An Anthropology of Fishing and Whaling Traditions. Apeldoorn/Antwepen: Spinhuis Publishers.

Van Ginkel, Rob (2009). Braving Troubled Waters: Sea Change in a Dutch Fishing Community. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Weeratunge, Nireka; Synder, Katherine A. (2010). Gleaner, fisher, trader, processor: understanding gendered employment in fisheries and aquaculture. Fish and Fisheries. 11(4), 405—420.


Futures – Oceans, Seas, Coasts and Climate

FitzGerald, Jerome (2006). Sea-Steading: A Life of Home and Freedom on the Last Viable Frontier. Lincoln: iUniverse.

Steinberg, Philip. E.; Nyman, Elizabeth; Caraccioli, Mauro J. (2011). Atlas Swam: Freedom, Capital, and Floating Sovereignties in the Seasteading Vision. Antipode 44(4),1532-1550.

DeSilvey, Caitlin (2012). Making sense of transience: an anticipatory history. Cultural Geographies 19(1), 31-54.

Fischer, Ludwig; Reise, Karsten (eds.) (2011). Küstenmentalität und Klimawandel: Küstenwandel als kulturelle und soziale Herausforderung. München: Oekom Verlag.

Hoeppe, Götz (2007). Knowing the Sea in the “Time of Progress”: Environmental Change, Parallel Knowledges and the Uses of Metaphor in Kerala (South India)– In: Casimir, Michael (ed.)(2007). Culture and the Changing Environment: Uncertainty, Cognition and Risk Management in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Oxford/New York: Berghahn Books, 301 – 324.


Island Studies

Gillis, John (2004).Islands of the Mind: How the Human Imagination Created the Atlantic World.New York/ Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan.

Hauofa, Epeli (2008). We are the Ocean: Selected Works. Hawai´i: University of Hawai´i Press.

Laderman, Scott (2014). Empire in Waves: A Political History of Surfing. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Lazrus, Heather(2012). Sea change: Island communities and climate change. Annual Review of Anthropology 41, 285-301.

McCusker, Maeve; Anthony Soares (eds.)(2011). Islanded Identities: Constructions of Postcolonial Cultural Insularity. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi B.V. pp. xi-xxvii.

Naidu, Vijay (1991).Whose Sea of Islands?.-In: Waddell, Eric; Naidu, Vijay; Hau´ofa, Epeli (eds.). A New Oceania: Rediscovering Our Sea of Islands. Suva, Fiji: University of the South Pacific Publication, 49-55.

Ratter, Beate M.W. (2018). Geography of Small Islands Outposts of Globalisation. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Shell, Mark (2014).Islandology: Geography, rhetoric, politics. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Sivasundaram, Sujit (2013). Islanded: Britain, Sri Lanka and the Bounds of an Indian Ocean Colony. Chicago/ London: University of Chicago Press.

Teaiwa, Katerina M. (2015). Consuming Ocean Island: Stories of People and Phosphate from Banaba. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


Liquid Worlds – Ice, Water, Sea Depths And Seabeds

Gooley, Tristan (2016). How to Read Water: Clues and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea.London: Hodder & Stoughton.

Hastrup, Kirsten; Hastrup, Frida (2015). Waterworlds at Large. – In: Hastrup, Kirsten; Hastrup, Frida (eds.)(2015). Waterworlds: Anthropology in Fluid Environments. New York: Berghahn Books, 1-22.

Helmreich, Stefan (2007). An antropologist underwater: Immersive soundscapes, submarine cyborgs, and transductive ethnographyAmerican Ethnologist 34(4), 621-641.

Helmreich, Stefan (2011). Nature/Culture/Seawater. American Anthropologist113(1),132-144.

Sammler, Katherine; House-Peters, Lily (2013). Tracing L.A.’s Marine Topographies: Climate, Currents, and Calamari.Association of American Geographers Newsletter 48(1).

Sammler, Katherine (2015). From Ocean Abyss to Vacuum of Space: Privatization in the Vertical Commons. Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, Palm Springs.


Literature and Media Studies

Cohen, Margaret (2010). The Novel and the Sea. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Handyside, Fiona (2014). Cinema at the Shore: The Beach in French Film. Bern: Peter Lang.

Hunter, Victoria (2015). Dancing – Worlding the Beach: Revealing Connections Through Phenomenological Movement Inquiry. – In: Berberich, Christine; Campbell, Neil; Hudson, Robert (eds.). Affective Landscapes in Literature, Art and Everyday Life: Memory, Place and the Senses.Surrey: Ashgate, 189-205.

Jermyna, Deborah; McCabe, Janet (2013). Sea of love: place, desire and the beaches of romantic comedy. Continuum:Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 27(5),603-616.

Shewry, Teresa (2015). Hope at Sea: Possible Ecologies in Oceanic Literature. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Wilson, Patrice Marie V. (2005). Oceanic Epistemology and Representations of Oceanic Epistemology in Oceanic Literature. University of Hawaii at Manoa.


Maritime Histories and New Thallasology

Candido, Mariana (2013). An African Slaving Port and the Atlantic World: Benguela and Its Hinterland.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Connery, Christopher (2006). There was No More Sea: the supersession of the ocean, from the bible to cyberspace. Journal of Historical Geography 32, 494-511.

Corbin, Alain (1988). The Lure of the Sea: The discovery of the seaside 1750-1840. London/ New York: Penguin.

Gilroy, Paul (1993). The Black Atlantic: Modernity and double consciousness. MA, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Horden, Peregrine; Purcell, Nicholas (2000). The Corrupting Sea: A Study of Mediterranean History.Oxford: Blackwell.

Horden, Peregrine; Purcell, Nicholas (2006) The Mediterranean and “the new thalassology”.American Historical Review 111(3), 722-740.

Hutchings, Richard M. (2017). Maritime Heritage in Crisis: Indigenous Landscapes and Global Ecological Breakdown.New York: Routledge.

Lambert, David; Martins, Luciana; Ogborn, Miles (2006). Currents, visions and voyages: historical geographies of the sea. Journal of Historical Geography 32(3), 479-493.

Mack, John. (2011).The Sea: A Cultural History. London: Reaktion Books.

Mukherjee, Rita (2012).Oceans Connect: Reflections on Water Worlds Across Time and Space. Delhi: Primus Books.

Shilliam, Robbie (2015). The Black Pacific: Anti-Colonial Struggles and Oceanic Connections. London: Bloomsbury Academic Press.


More-Than-Human and Multispecies Approaches

De Wolff, Kim. (2017). Plastic Naturecultures: Multispecies Ethnography and the Dangers of Separating Living from Nonliving Bodies. Body & Society 23(3), 23-47.

Hayward, Eva. (2010). Fingeryeyes: Impressions of Cup Corals. Cultural Anthropology 25(4),577-599.

Krauss, Werner (2008). Die goldene Ringelgansfeder. Dingpolitik an der Nordsee. – In: Kneer, Georg; Schroer, Marcus; Schüttpelz, Erhard (egs.): Bruno Latours Kollektive. Kontroversen zur Entgrenzung des Sozialen.Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp, 425-457.

Probyn, Elspeth (2015). Listening to Fish: More-Than-Human Politics of Food. – In: Vannini, Phillip (eds.)(2015). Non-Representational Methodologies: Re-Envisioning Research. New York/ Oxford: Routledge.

Schrader, Astrid (2010). Responding to Pfiesteria piscicida (the Fish Killer): Phantomatic Ontologies, Indeterminacy, and Responsibility in Toxic Microbiology. Social Studies of Science 40(2), 275-306.

Schrader, Astrid (2012). The Time of Slime: Anthropocentrism in Harmful Algal Research. Environmental Philosophy 9(1), 71-94.


Port Cities and Coastal Urbanities

Beatley, Timothy (2014). Blue Urbanism: Connecting Cities and Oceans. Washington D.C: Island Press.

Beaven, Brad; Bell, Karl; James, Robert (2016). Port Towns and Urban Cultures. International Histories of the Waterfront, c.1700—2000. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gale, Tim (2009). Urban Beaches, Virtual Worlds and ‘The End of Tourism’. Mobilities 4(1),119-138.

Graf, Arndt; Chua, Beng Huat (eds.) (2009). Port Cities in Asia and Europe. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge.

Mah, Alice, Anastasia (2014). Port Cities and Global Legacies: Urban Identity, Waterfront Work, and Radicalism. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

O´Carroll, Aileen; Bennet, Don (2017). The Dublin Docker: Working Lives of Dublin’s Deep-Sea Port. Dublin: Irish Academic Press.


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