Gendered labor in the Icelandic fish processing industry

Alexandra Yingst*, Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-132
Number of pages8
JournalMaritime Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

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Other keywords

  • Fish processing
  • Gender
  • Iceland
  • Quality of life


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