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

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

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Identification Number: 10.1111/anti.12421

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14678330
Additional Information: © 2018 Antipode Foundation Ltd
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 16:20
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 06:44
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/89060

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