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Values for a Dangerous World

David J. Stewart

in The Sea Their Graves

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037349
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041575 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037349.003.0003
Values for a Dangerous World

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This chapter examines the group values that mariners developed in order to deal with the dangerous environment in which they worked. Key maritime group values included attention to the performance of duty, taking care of other group members, and self-sacrifice. These values are directly expressed on maritime memorials and in other forms of maritime folklore. By contrast, memorials erected by nation-states emphasize values such as victory and glory. In addition to recording group values, memorials also serve a teaching function. The stories recorded on gravestones would have shown sailors the group ideals that they were expected to perpetuate. However, while group values served as a set of guiding principles, evidence shows that mariners did not always live up to such high ideals.

Keywords: cautionary tales; real; ideal; values; wrecking

Chapter.  11623 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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