Salted Identities: Biocultural Heritage for a Rehumanized Ocean Management in South Africa
Salted Identities: Biocultural Heritage for a Rehumanized Ocean Management in South Africa. Anthropology and Humanism, Vol. 0, Issue 0, pp 1–18
“In this article, I discuss coastal and oceanic biocultural heritage and its relevance to a transformed perception of the ocean and coast in South Africa. An anthropology of biocultural heritage at the coast reveals the multidimensional nature of personhoods—specifically transspecies, trans-material forms of personhood—and the rich dialogical engagement of “humans” with nature and marine species. Through sensory ethnography on coastal biocultural heritage in South Africa’s Northern Cape, Western Cape, and Eastern Cape provinces, I challenge anthropocentric strategies for ocean management and assert the need to consider sensory/embodied relations with the sea and the sentience of other species in the marine space. By presenting on and discussing coastal biocultural heritage, I hope to advance discussions on identity in Africa as well as marine epistemologies for a rehumanized ocean management in South Africa and the world….