The everyday life of a fish market

Lyon, Dawn (2016) The everyday life of a fish market. . Discover Society Web-based publication. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Billingsgate fish market is a fascinating social space for exploring the working rhythms and routines of market life, observing interactions between buyers and sellers, and recognising the important role of the fish itself. Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1698, Billingsgate is the UK’s largest inland market and London’s wholesale fish market, and has been located in East London since 1982 after several hundred years in the City. Fresh and some frozen fish and seafood is sold to catering firms, hoteliers, processors and fishmongers as well as to the public (to the latter most often on a Saturday), but not to supermarkets. It’s a self-contained site of exchange and redistribution, tightly defined in time and space. The earliest time that fish can legally leave the market is four o’clock in the morning. The market officially closes at eight o’clock but if traders are slow to pack up you might still find something for your dinner a little later than that. In this article, I want to concentrate on the work that wholesale fish merchants, and their sales employees do in getting fish onto your plate.

Item Type: Internet publication
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] Working with Fish from Sea to Table
Uncontrolled keywords: Billingsgate fish market, work, rhythm
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Medway
Depositing User: Dawn Lyon
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2017 13:44 UTC
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2017 16:41 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/64719 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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