Singing in Fishing: A culturally-centred exploration of the meanings and functions of singing to sailors
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- Institutt for psykologi 
The present study explores the meanings sailors make with their songs and the functions that are culturally pursued by sailors through singing. The study presents a model of functions of singing based on a qualitative approach which was developed after participatory, one-on-one and focus group interviews with 10 child sailors and 14 adult sailors. The model covers social, cultural and personal experiences with singing. Five main functions of singing were identified; singing for: intra-personal, inter-personal, spiritual, social and emotional functions. Some of the functions identified include singing to: ward off hunger, as a tool to attract fishes, as a tool for boosting self esteem and singing to keep in touch with the Supreme Being for: protection from the wrath of the sea god and protection of trapped fish from escaping. Future directions in cultural psychology of music, implications of the study for research and practice are also discussed.