Natural Resource Access and Interracial Associations: Black and White Subsistence Fishing in the Mississippi Delta
Using qualitative data gathered over approximately twenty months, we examine how racial divisions between black and white fishers factor into access, harvesting strategies, and use of natural resources in subsistence fishing activities in the Mississippi Delta. Though both races engage in subsistence fishing for many of the same reasons -- a sense of autonomy and economic independence -- clear differences were manifest in their access, harvesting strategies, and utilization of the fish. We document these differences. We conclude that the social relations between white and black subsistence fishers, as they interact with and through the landscape, appear to perpetuate the characteristics of race relations in this region rather than redefine them.
Brown, Ralph, and John Toth. 2001. "Natural Resource Access and Interracial Associations: Black and White Subsistence Fishing in the Mississippi Delta." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 17(1): Article 5. Available at: https://egrove.olemiss.edu/jrss/vol17/iss1/5