Rites and Passages by Margaret S. Creighton
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Rites and Passages
By Margaret S. Creighton

Rites and Passages

The Experience of American Whaling, 1830-1870

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Rites and Passages by Margaret S. Creighton

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This book contributes to what has recently been called a 'new social history of seafaring'. This new maritime history places sailors themselves at the center, not the periphery, of the maritime past, and explores ways that the history of the sea and the history of the shore have intersected. It differs from traditional accounts which celebrate exotic trades, powerful merchants, maritime technologies, and military exploits. Drawn on the evidence of nearly two hundred ship logs and sailors' diaries, Rites and Passages examines American whalemen at the height of the whaling industry in the 1800s and argues that whaling life and culture was shaped by both the American mainland and by the exigencies of ocean life. Unlike other published accounts of seafaring, this work brings gender into the maritime equation, not only with a discussion of the ways that women figured in this male world, but also with an examination of the ways that seafaring served as a rite of passage into manhood.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521484480
ISBN-10: 0521484480
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 252
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Aug-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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The Colors of Courage is a stunningly fluid work of original history-one that redefines the Civil War's most remarkable battle.

Iron Men, Wooden Women by Margaret S. Creighton Iron Men, Wooden Women, Paperback (April 1996)

Jeffrey Bolster, Laura Tabili, Lillian Nayder, and Melody Graulich, in addition to Margaret Creighton and Lisa Norling.

Rites and Passages by Margaret S. Creighton Rites and Passages, Hardback (August 1995)

Uses the personal testimony of over 200 American whalemen to illuminate the social history of deepwater sailing in the mid-1800s.

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