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2020-2021 Colloquium Series

The Tourism Studies Working Group is pleased to present

"I think tourism in Barra has a future":
Perceptions and Stances of Barra da Lagoa's Fishermen in 2001 and 2021

Érica Zibetti, Ph.D. Candidate
Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil,
and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, 2021-2022

Friday, March 11, 4PM-6PM PST

A Hybrid Presentation, please join us
In person:
Gifford Room, Anthropology and Art Hall, UC Berkeley
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For those attending in person, please join us after Érica Zibetti’s talk for dinner and continued conversation at Great China Restaurant

Barra da Lagoa is a district of Florianopolis city located on Santa Catarina Island in the South of Brazil. This district attracts tourists from all over the world for its natural beauty. Historically, a fishing culture has existed there since the colonization by the Azoreans in 1750. Starting in the 1930s, many fishermen from the community migrated to other states in Brazil to work in industrial fishing. Some returned and invested the money they acquired in the local fishery, buying boats and fishing equipment. Urbanization in Florianopolis began in the early 1960s and quickly reached Barra da Lagoa. From the 1980s onwards the flow of tourists intensified and residents migrated from other parts of Brazil. Currently, tourism is the main source income for the community. Tourists from all over the world frequent this place, especially Argentineans.

The present study analyzes perceptions and stances on tourism held by Barra da Lagoa's fishermen using ten sociolinguistic interviews recorded in 2001 and 2021. The study identifies and describes the relationship between fishing and tourism in these intersubjective practices. The questions we raise are: How do Barra da Lagoa fishermen construct social perceptions of tourism in 2001 and 2021? And how do the local media portray the Barra da Lagoa community to attract tourists?

Érica Zibetti is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis (Brazil), and she is a visiting scholar in the Department of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, 2021-2022. She majored in Portuguese Language and Literature at the Federal University of Santa Catarina and was awarded MA in Sociolinguistics and Dialectology at the same university. Her Ph.D. dissertation project is based on an analysis of the relation between deictic fields and fishing identities on the Island of Santa Catarina, based on sociolinguistics interviews recorded in 2001 and 2021.

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