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All that is solid melts into the bay: anticipatory ruination and climate change adaptation

Paprocki, Kasia ORCID: 0000-0001-5202-351X (2019) All that is solid melts into the bay: anticipatory ruination and climate change adaptation. Antipode, 51 (1). 295 - 315. ISSN 0066-4812

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Identification Number: 10.1111/anti.12421


This paper explores the shaping of Bangladesh's southern coastal region, often framed as the most climate vulnerable place in the world, as a zone of climate crisis. As rising waters threaten communities inhabiting the low-lying coastal islands scattered across the deltaic plain, many within the government and donor community have identified shrimp aquaculture as a principal adaptation strategy. Shrimp aquaculture is integral to the dynamics of what I call anticipatory ruination, a discursive and material process of social and ecological destruction in anticipation of real or perceived threats. I elaborate anticipatory ruination as a process that both responds to and produces Bangladesh's climate crisis. I use this concept to explore not only the dynamics taking place in Bangladesh's delta region, but also the ways in which climate crisis is constituted more broadly.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Antipode Foundation Ltd
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 16:20
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 23:39

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