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Research Profile

Dr Nelson Turgo 


Journal Articles

Turgo, N. (forthcoming) ‘Here, we don’t just trade goods, we also ‘sell’ people’s lives”: ‘sari-sari’ stores as nodes of partial surveillance in a Philippine fishing community’, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography.

Turgo, N. (2012) ‘I know him so well’: Contracting/tual ‘insiderness’ and Maintaining Access and Rapport in a Philippine Fishing Community, Sociological Research Online, 17(3).

Turgo, N. (2012) A ‘balikbayan’ in the field: scaling and (re) producing insider’s identity in a Philippine fishing community, Qualitative Research, Volume 12, Issue 6, December, doi: 10.1177/1468794111433006.

Turgo, N. (2012) "Bugabug ang dagat" (Rough seas): Experiencing Foucault's heterotopia in fish trading houses, Social Science Diliman, Volume 8, No. 1, January-June 2012 issue, 31-62.

Turgo, N. (2012) All the kin’s men and women: managing relatedness as tactic of survival in a Philippine fishing community, Ethnography (under review).

Turgo, N. (2012) The social life of fish: fish auction as field (in preparation).

Turgo, N. (2012) “Laway lang ang kapital” (Saliva as capital): Localised and spatialised capitalist practices in a Philippine fishing c community (in preparation).

T urgo, N. (2012) Fish vendors who lunch: local knowledge and precarious modernity in a Philippine fishing community (in preparation).



Turgo, N. (forthcoming) "'Amoy isda': the modern life of market fishmongers", in: Fishing for a living, Maria Mangahas, ed. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press.


PhD Thesis

Turgo, N. (2010) '"Bugabug ang Dagat": Local Life in a Fishing Community in the Philippines', PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.



Ellis, N., Sampson, H., Acejo, I., Tang, L., Turgo, N., Zhao, Z. (2012) 'Seafarer Accommodation on Contemporary Cargo Ships', Cardiff, December, ISBN 1-900174-43-X, online at

Sampson, H., Ellis, N., Gould. E., Tang, L., Turgo, N., Zhao, Z. (2012) ‘Safety and Shipping 1912-2012’, Report commissioned by Allianz which underpins their subsequent publication ‘Safety and Shipping 1912-2012: From Titanic to Costa Concordia, an insurer’s perspective from Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty’ available from Allianz GCS.

Acejo, I., Sampson, H., Turgo, N., Wadsworth, E. (2011). ‘The Health and Self-medication Practices of Seafarers’, SIRC Symposium, Cardiff University 6-7 July, ISBN 1-900174-39-1.

Marsh, K.; Turgo N.; Wadsworth, E.; Walters, D. (2011). Supply Chain Management for Health and Safety. Olympics Development Authority - Learning Legacy Project. London Olympics 2012.


Book Review

David Silverman, Doing Qualitative Research (3rd Edition). London: Sage, 2010. 456 pp. Published in Qualitative Research, 2010, 10 (3), pp. 386-387.


Conference Papers

Turgo, N. (2012) ‘Sari-sari’ stores as community panopticon?: gossip as social control in a Philippine fishing village, Athens Institute for Education  and Research - 6th Annual International Conference on Sociology, Athens, Greece.

Turgo, N. (2010) ‘Saliva as Capital: Kinship and Fish Trading in a Fishing Community in the Philippines’, British Sociological Association (BSA) Annual Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland.

Turgo, N. (2009) ‘The Old Man and the Sea: The Conflicted Lives of Old Fishers and Fish Vendors in a Philippine Fishing Community’, Ageing: Change, Challenge and Chance, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

Turgo, N. (2009) ‘Of “Housebounds” and Wives: Negotiating Gender Identities in a Fishing Community in the Philippines’, Why Gender? an International Conference, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.

Turgo, N. (2009) ‘Some Local Ways in the World: Surviving the Neoliberal Age in a Fishing Community’, Lancaster Sociology Summer Festival, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.

Turgo, N. (2009) ‘Multiple Subjectivities in the Field: Some Notes and A Little Bit of Theorizing’, Binalot Talk, Archaeological Studies Program, University of the Philippines, Philippines.

Turgo, N. (2009) ‘“Laway lang ang Kapital”: Surviving Capitalism in the Age of Neoliberalism’, 9th Asia-Pacific Sociological Association (APSA), Bali, Indonesia.

Turgo, N. (2009) ‘Saliva as Capital: Some Local Ways in the World’, Spotlight on the Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

Turgo, N. (2009) ‘Balikbayan: The Politics/Texts of Doing Fieldwork at Home’, Connections Eight Postgraduate Conference, Bristol University, Bristol, UK.

Turgo, N. (2009) ‘Bugabug and Dagat: An Ethnography of a fishing Community in the Philippines’, Graduate Research and Presentation Day, SOCSI, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

Turgo, N. (2007) "Ang Komunidad na Lokal sa Espasyong Global: Ang Bayan ng Mauban sa Lupain ni Uncle Sam," Sulib: Tayabas National Conference on Local History, Tayabas, Quezon, Philippines.