Selling the Sea, fishing for Power: A study of Conflict over Marine Tenure in Kei Islands, Eastern Indonesia

Dear all,

I would like to share my book, Selling the Sea, fishing for Power: A Study of Conflict over Marine Tenure in Kei Islands, Eastern Indonesia. It has just came out from ANU E-Press in Canberra, Australia. The book is available for free download at:

By analysing various conflicts, this book discusses the social, political, economic and legal attributes that are attached to the practice of traditional (communal) marine tenure. Selling the Sea pushes the discourse beyond the conventional approach which looks at marine tenure only as a means of resource management, and offers a more comprehensive understanding of what marine tenure is. For those working in the areas of marine resource management and fisheries, this book is a critical but also complementary reading to the conventional discourse on the issue.

Happy reading!

Looking forward to receiving your comments.


Dedi Adhuri

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Comment by Dedi Supriadi Adhuri on March 22, 2013 at 3:35am

Dear M Izabel, thanks for your nice comments. Yes, I studied (am still studying informally)  Anthropology, I  work at Research Center for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences. 

Yes, you're right, I don't use Foucault and Bordieu in my book. I develop my arguments based more on the discussion of my data with discourse on marine/fisheries resource management.  I am also trying to accommodate readers from non-social sciences background. Thus, I avoid using too much 'heavy' social science jargons and abstractions.     

Are you working on Philippines? I guess you have read Fabinyi's  Fishing for Fairness ( You'll find some similarities there.

Thanks, Jhon McCreeny. Looking forward to receiving your comments.  


Comment by M Izabel on March 21, 2013 at 11:30pm

Thanks.  I'm impressed how readable your work is and how you frame your study using relevant works of people who are involved in marine/maritime studies.  I wonder if you're an anthropologist?  Is it so because you belong to an institute of science?  

Your work is obviously about negotiating power and territorializing space, but I see no Foucault or Bourdieu in your Bibliography.  Very nice.  I'll definitely finish reading this.  This reminds me of Philippines.

Comment by John McCreery on March 18, 2013 at 2:16pm

Dedi, thanks for sharing this.


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