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Threatening dystopias: development and adaption regimes in Bangladesh

Paprocki, Kasia ORCID: 0000-0001-5202-351X (2018) Threatening dystopias: development and adaption regimes in Bangladesh. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 108 (4). 955 - 973. ISSN 2469-4452

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Identification Number: 10.1080/24694452.2017.1406330


Development in Bangladesh is increasingly defined by and through an adaptation regime, a socially and historically specific configuration of power that governs the landscape of possible intervention in the face of climate change. It includes institutions of development, research, media, and science, as well as various state actors both nationally and internationally. The adaptation regime operates through three interrelated processes: imagination, experimentation, and dispossession. Each of these processes is produced and manifested both materially and epistemically. The adaptation regime is built on a vision of development in which urbanization and export-led growth are both desirable and inevitable. For the rural poor, this entails dispossession from agrarian livelihoods and outmigration. As this shift contributes to the expansion of production of export commodities such as garments and frozen shrimp, the threat of climate change and its associated migrations is reframed as an opportunity for development and growth.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2018 15:05
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2024 08:09
Funders: Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Program, Fulbright-Hays Program, National Science Foundation

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