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“Lies build trust”: Social capital, masculinity, and community-based resource management in a Mexican fishery

dc.contributor.author Siegelman, B
dc.contributor.author Haenn, N
dc.contributor.author Basurto, X
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-01T19:46:39Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-01T19:46:39Z
dc.date.issued 2019-11-01
dc.identifier.issn 0305-750X
dc.identifier.issn 1873-5991
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/20607
dc.description.abstract © 2019 Elsevier Ltd This paper relates how fishermen in San Evaristo on Mexico's Baja peninsula employ fabrications to strengthen bonds of trust and navigate the complexities of common pool resource extraction. We argue this trickery complicates notions of social capital in community-based natural resource management, which emphasize communitarianism in the form of trust. Trust, defined as a mutual dependability often rooted in honesty, reliable information, or shared expectations, has long been recognized as essential to common pool resource management. Despite this, research that takes a critical approach to social capital places attention on the activities that foster social networks and their norms by arguing that social capital is a process. A critical approach illuminates San Evaristeño practices of lying and joking across social settings and contextualizes these practices within cultural values of harmony. As San Evaristeños assert somewhat paradoxically, for them “lies build trust.” Importantly, a critical approach to this case study forces consideration of gender, an overlooked topic in social capital research. San Evaristeña women are excluded from the verbal jousting through which men maintain ties supporting their primacy in fishery management. Both men's joke-telling and San Evaristeños’ aversion to conflict have implications for conservation outcomes. As a result, we use these findings to help explain local resistance to outsiders and external management strategies including land trusts, fishing cooperatives, and marine protected areas.
dc.language en
dc.publisher Elsevier BV
dc.relation.ispartof World Development
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.05.031
dc.subject Social Sciences
dc.subject Development Studies
dc.subject Economics
dc.subject Business & Economics
dc.subject Community-based natural resource management
dc.subject Small-scale fisheries
dc.subject Social capital
dc.subject Common pool resources
dc.subject Feminist political ecology
dc.subject Latin America
dc.subject BAJA-CALIFORNIA-SUR
dc.subject GULF-OF-CALIFORNIA
dc.subject BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION
dc.subject GENDER
dc.subject GOVERNANCE
dc.subject LESSONS
dc.subject ENVIRONMENT
dc.subject POVERTY
dc.subject SUSTAINABILITY
dc.subject INSTITUTIONS
dc.title “Lies build trust”: Social capital, masculinity, and community-based resource management in a Mexican fishery
dc.type Journal article
duke.contributor.id Basurto, X|0514089
dc.date.updated 2020-05-01T19:46:38Z
pubs.begin-page 104601
pubs.end-page 104601
pubs.organisational-group Nicholas School of the Environment
pubs.organisational-group Marine Science and Conservation
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 123
duke.contributor.orcid Basurto, X|0000-0002-5321-3654


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