9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS06 Maritime Sociology

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Maritime Sociology II Building AA, AA.229

Social conditions of transformations in port cities

New technologies and economic transformation cause crucial social changes in the contemporary port cities. First of all, typical jobs connected with the service of sea institutions such as harbours, shipyards, fishing and the fish processing industry have changed and broadened. Employment possibilities in different fields increase as well. Tourism develops and specific cultural institutions are founded, such as museums and exhibitions which do not happen in cities of a different type. The disappearance of the function of the port in many cities is a separate social problem.
The transformations shown, influence the social structure of port cities and the specific life style of their inhabitants.
Several analyses of representative port cities will serve as an example to introduce the ways of utilizing the potential occurrence of social transformation for positive development and avoiding social pathology.