Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research

Sustainability Conflicts in Coastal India

Hazards, Changing Climate and Development Discourses in the Sundarbans

Authors: Ghosh, Aditya

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  • Provides diverse empirical evidence on disaster risks, climate change adaptation, policy discourses and sustainability governance to deconstruct them. Analyses over 900 media reports, three-decade long socio-economic data and presents over 50 visuals from actual disaster situations
  • Simulates actual socio-ecological scenarios of sustainable development and climate change adaptation, unpacking the entire breadth of entanglements spread across spatial scales, probably for the first time
  • Identifies knowledge gaps, knowledge-actions gaps, barriers and synergies to sustainable development in the Global South. Constructs a framework to facilitate co-production of knowledge and reflexivity by hybridising the socio-cultural with the techno-scientific
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This multidisciplinary work analyses challenges to sustainable development amidst rapidly changing climate in the world’s largest delta – the Sundarbans. Empirical evidence unpacks grounded vulnerabilities and reveals their temporal socio-economic impacts. A novel concept of ‘everyday disasters’ is proposed – supported by data and photographic evidence – that contests institutional disaster definition. Then it uncovers how the geopolitics of ecological governance and its hegemonic discourse dominate local policies, which in turn fail to address local socio-ecological concerns, adaptation needs and development aspirations. Absence of local vocabularies, cognitive values and socio-cultural contexts along with spatially constricted, exclusionary, top-down techno-science approaches further escalate knowledge-action gaps. Deconstruction of multiscalar conflicts between the global rhetoric and transformative postcolonial geographies offers an ethical, Southern perspective of sustainability.

About the authors

Aditya Ghosh graduated with a PhD from the University of Heidelberg and has studied at the University of Sussex, University of Calcutta, University of Mumbai, and the University of Lincoln. Aditya specializes in sustainable development, climate change and socio-ecological systems.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Warming World, Threatened Poor

    Pages 3-33

    Ghosh, Aditya

  • Recipe of a Disaster: Peripheral Lives in the Epicentre of Changing Climate

    Pages 35-66

    Ghosh, Aditya

  • Dusting the Layers: Evolution of Vulnerabilities

    Pages 69-84

    Ghosh, Aditya

  • Is Science Sacred?

    Pages 85-125

    Ghosh, Aditya

  • Discursive Dissonance in Socioecological Theatre

    Pages 127-179

    Ghosh, Aditya

Buy this book

eBook $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-63892-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase and usable on all devices
  • Bulk discounts available
Hardcover $169.99
price for USA in USD
Softcover $169.99
price for USA in USD
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sustainability Conflicts in Coastal India
Book Subtitle
Hazards, Changing Climate and Development Discourses in the Sundarbans
Authors
Series Title
Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63892-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63892-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63891-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87664-1
Series ISSN
1879-7180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 245
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 49 illustrations in colour
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