Angler and fish relations in the UK: Ethics, aesthetics and material semiotics

Mordue, Tom and Wilson, Sharon (2018) Angler and fish relations in the UK: Ethics, aesthetics and material semiotics. In: Wild Animals and Leisure: Rights and Wellbeing. Taylor & Francis, pp. 165-180. ISBN 9781138209282

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Freshwater angling is one of the most significant leisure activities in the UK. In 2009, for example, freshwater anglers’ gross expenditure in England and Wales was £1.18 billion, generating 37,386 jobs (Radford et al., 2009). Despite such spending power, and the shear popularity of angling (see Mordue, 2009), it is relatively rarely researched, sitting ‘uncomfortably’ between the different policy and academic foci of sport, leisure, recreation and environment. This chapter goes some way towards redressing that anomaly, and, using a material semiotics approach, situates angling in all these contexts as it examines the social and natural relationships between anglers and fish across the main UK freshwater-angling codes: coarse angling and game angling. From here the question is asked: are wild fish social animals deserving ‘sporting justice’ or natural beings deserving absolute protection from that human corruption we call angling?

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: N800 Tourism, Transport and Travel
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2018 09:08
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 21:48

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