28 - 31 August 2013
Torino, Italy

RS09 – Maritime Sociology

Agnieszka Kolodziej-Durnas <kolodziej.durnas@gmail.com> University of Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland
Robert Bartlomiejski <robert_bartlomiejski@poczta.onet.pl> University of Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland

Scientists are often discussing the social problems of local communities at the seaside areas. The problems are elaborated on in different fields of sociology (different subdisciplines), e.g. sociology of family, sociology of education, urban sociology, organizational sociology, sociology of professions but for some time now there has been a tendency to gather the research and theory on these under the caption of maritime sociology. It seems that in many countries social researchers have been exploring life and work at sea and at the seaside area. Now it is the time to collect these results, disseminate and popularize them.

It seems that the overarching name for the future of maritime studies should be sustainable development. It may however refer to different areas of human activity so we call for papers associated with the following problem areas:


  • 01RS09 The Problems of Seaside Areas Local Communities and Institutions: local traditions, families, trade unions and companies of maritime industry (ship yards, tourism industry companies)
  • 02RS09 Port Cities: inhabitants, local authorities, life-styles, social problems, port cities pathologies (crimes, prostitution, women trafficking, smuggling, modern piracy) and development perspectives
  • 03RS09 Maritime Professions: seamen, fishermen, ship yard workers, transformations of maritime professions – cultural differences and globalization, gender discrimination in
  • 04RS09 Maritime tourism: seaside resorts, voyage cruisers, aquatic sports centres
  • 05RS09 Ecology: inhabitants knowledge and consciousness on the protection of maritime natural sources; social identity of seaside and island inhabitants

Thank you very much to all participants for making esa torino an outstanding conference.