The Geography of Displacemaking: : A Study of Policymaking and Living with Displacement and Hazards in the Precarious Margins of Coastal Bangladesh

Authors: Bidita Tithi*, University of California, Davis
Topics: Migration, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: displacement, south asia, placemaking
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Balcony B, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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The topic of displacement, particularly displacement due to environmental change and climate change, has gained global attention. Recently there have been calls to reimagine a more complex understanding of displacement (Blitz, 2011; Castles, 2010; Chaturvedi & Doyle, 2010; Farbotko, 2005; King, 2005). In this paper, the topic of displacemaking is proposed to examine the changing, moving and mixing features of the entanglement of displacement and placemaking in Kutubdia, a coastal settlement in south-east Bangladesh. This paper uses a critical perspective grounded in poststructuralist/postmodern geography, and explores three related questions: (a)how can we understand everyday living with hazards and displacement at the precarious margins? (b) how can we understand the becoming, moving and contamination aspects of displacemaking from a more-than-human perspective? (c) what are the articulations of displacemaking in policies, particularly how displacement and hazards are imagined in policy paper? Based on the findings,the paper ends with recommendations on how policymakers and other stakeholders can take the entanglements between displacement and placemaking seriously when working with communities that encounter displacement and disasters.

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