Paulo Mendes (2020). The Sea Commands: Community and Perception of the Environment in a Portuguese Fishing Village. Berghahn Books: New York, Oxford. ISBN 978-1-78920-911-2.
Azenha do Mar is a fishing community on the southwest coast of Portugal. It came into existence around forty years ago, as an outcome of the abandonment of work in the fields and of propitious ecological conditions. This book looks at the migration processes since the founding of the community and how they relate to the social inequalities for property and labour which prevail today. The book also reflects upon the personal experience of the ethnographer in the field balancing the importance of methodology on the one hand and fieldwork as a research process on the other.