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Gendered labor in the Icelandic fish processing industry

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The majority of women involved in Iceland’s fisheries sector work in fish processing and have immigrated to Iceland from other countries to work in the industry. Using data collected through interviews and surveys, this paper compares and contrasts the experiences of Icelandic and immigrant women who work in fish processing plants in the Westfjords of Iceland. It shows that Polish women experience a lower job satisfaction than Filipino women. As more women immigrate to places like Iceland to work in fisheries, it is important to understand their roles and perceptions of their jobs, since being satisfied with work can influence overall quality of life.

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The authors would like to thank Margaret Willson and Catherine Chambers for their feedback on the master’s thesis from which this data comes. Additionally, the authors would like to thank the participants and all of the people who assisted with the survey translations and data analysis.


Funding from the Fulbright Student Program provided AY with her living expenses while completing her master’s thesis while in Iceland.

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AY conducted the surveys and interviews for this study, as well as analyzed the data. US supervised the project from the very beginning, and both authors wrote and edited this chapter.

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Correspondence to Alexandra Yingst.

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This paper belongs to Topical Collection (En)Gendering Change in Small-scale Fisheries and Fishing Communities in a Globalized World

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Yingst, A., Skaptadóttir, U.D. Gendered labor in the Icelandic fish processing industry. Maritime Studies 17, 125–132 (2018).

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