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Author Dewan, Camelia, author.

Title Misreading the Bengal Delta : climate change, development, and livelihoods in coastal Bangladesh / Camelia Dewan ; foreword by K. Sivaramakrishnan.

Publication Info. Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2021.


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 Axe JSTOR Open Ebooks  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 210 pages) : illustrations, maps.
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series Culture, place, and nature
Culture, place, and nature.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary "Key global players increasingly politicize discussion of climatic change. This is especially evident in regard to Bangladesh, much of which is perilously close to sea level and vulnerable to flooding, and which has long been the recipient of various development schemes for "poverty reduction" or "progress" to justify interventions in its environment and society. Some of these projects have resulted in severe, often unintended, environmental effects, such as silting of waterbodies that are surrounded by embankments; biodiversity loss and weakening of the sea walls (which protect against floods) resulting from tiger-prawn monoculture; and loss of soil fertility in intensive agriculture. Camelia Dewan utilizes ethnography and environmental history to highlight flawed assumptions of international development projects in Bangladesh, which often misread the coastal landscape by attributing causality solely to climate change. Examination of multiple and often conflicting perspectives-from poor rural coastal populations, middle-class elites, political actors, and NGO staff-shows how, since the colonial era, Bangladesh has endured intrusions, and how its current environmental crisis goes beyond global warming. This case study informs broader issues worldwide by documenting how the idea of climate change shapes development projects in the Global South, and the extent to which these endeavors correspond with the problems and concerns of populations they are intended to help. This provocative study will be welcomed by readers in the fields of environmental anthropology, human geography, and development studies"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Preface -- Acknowledgments -- List of abbreviations -- Introduction : climate reductive translations In development -- Simplifying embankments -- Translating climate change -- Assembling fish, shrimp, and suffering in a saltwater village -- Entangling rice, soil, and strength in a freshwater village -- Surviving inequality -- Conclusion : misreading climate change.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (UW Press, viewed November 28, 2022).
Subject Climatic changes -- Social aspects -- Bangladesh.
Climatic changes -- Economic aspects -- Bangladesh.
Economic development -- Environmental aspects -- Bangladesh.
Coastal settlements -- Bangladesh.
Coastal ecology -- Bangladesh.
Bangladesh -- Environmental conditions.
Climat -- Changements -- Aspect social -- Bangladesh.
Climat -- Changements -- Aspect économique -- Bangladesh.
Développement économique -- Aspect de l'environnement -- Bangladesh.
Établissements côtiers -- Bangladesh.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
Climatic changes -- Economic aspects. (OCoLC)fst00864236
Climatic changes -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00864268
Coastal ecology. (OCoLC)fst00865723
Coastal settlements. (OCoLC)fst01741432
Ecology. (OCoLC)fst00901476
Economic development -- Environmental aspects. (OCoLC)fst00901808
Bangladesh. (OCoLC)fst01213724
Other Form: Print version: Dewan, Camelia. Misreading the Bengal Delta. Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2021] 9780295749600 (DLC) 2021012111 (OCoLC)1243264021
ISBN 9780295749624 (epub)
9780295749600 (hardcover)
9780295749617 (paperback)
Standard No. AU@ 000070136803
AU@ 000069093862

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