Senior Honors Thesis
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Fieldwork and Methodology
Chapter 3 - What is a Live-Aboard?
Chapter 4 - How Small is Small?
Chapter 5 - No Room for Clutter
(1) Material Simplicity
(2) Human Scale
(3) Personal Growth and Self-Determination
(4) Ecological Awareness
Chapter 6 - Conclusion
APPENDIX A - Initial Questionnaire
APPENDIX B - Voluntary Simplicity Questionnaire
APPENDIX C - Selections
. . . . Figure 6 - Average Cost per Square Foot (of Living Space on a "Liveaboard")
. . . . Figure 7 - The Costs of Living Aboard
. . . . Figure 10 - How Cultural Values are Expressed in Behavior
. . . . Figure 11 - Spaces and Places on a Boat
. . . . Figure 12 - Places in the Community
. . . . Figure 16 - Kinds of Rules
. . . . Figure 17 - Routines Unique to Living Aboard
. . . . Figure 18 - Parts of a Boat
Many thanks to the numerous people who were helpful in the field - Bob, Pam, Jonathon, Kitty, Gail, Tudi, Ken, Karen, Tom P., Mary, Michael S., Kathy, Anne, Michael K., Bill, Rose, Marcia, Jim, Ia, Terry, Tom H., Pat, Ina, Tracey, Marja, Steve, Foster, Rod, Dick, Sandy, Champ, Larry, Nancy, Chris, Sharon - and who gave so freely of their time and cooperation.
I am especially indebted to Professor John Ogbu, under whose guidance the research was performed and Professor Laura Nader, who introduced me to K.S. Shrader-Frechette's book, Environmental Ethics, and the concepts of voluntary simplicity and limited consumption.
Of the thesis, Laura Nader, Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, wrote : "I was most impressed, impressed enough to xerox a copy for the Energy and Resources Program. Would that I had had such quality ethnography during the years that I was working on 'the energy problem' It is a contribution to ethnography, and also to the testing of assumptions about the 'naturalness' of American national character. If I were to compare it with other undergraduate honors work in anthropology I would rank it as one of three memorable pieces of research since coming here in 1960."
Just as boats of various designs
leave very different wakes in the water behind them,
so too do various approaches to living
send out different waves of reverberating influence
into the world.
(Elgin 1981: 23)