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Rhizomatic poverty in aquaculture communities of rural India & Bangladesh

Shubin, Sergei; Andrews, William; Sowgat, Tanjil

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Sergei Shubin

Tanjil Sowgat


The paper uses illustrations from rural India and Bangladesh to develop a critical analysis of practices and experiences of poverty often overlooked in development policies. It challenges the principle measurement, calculative rationality and static representation in anti-poverty interventions that present poverty as a ‘problem’ to be resolved. It draws on poststructuralist ideas to express poverty differently and shift from problem-solving to problematisation. Drawing on the concept of ‘rhizome’ it highlights the connectivity, heterogeneity and multiplicity of poverty. Examples from interviews and photo diaries illustrate manifold poverty as a combination of heterogeneous activities, objects and affects that complicate development ethics and challenge the logic of reason in existing policies. The paper explores improvisation, experimentation, hope and repetition as mechanisms for critically evaluating aquaculture-led development and attending to overlooked objects, uncertain outcomes and untold stories of disadvantage.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 28, 2022
Online Publication Date Mar 23, 2022
Publication Date Mar 25, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 30, 2023
Print ISSN 1464-9365
Publisher Routledge
Volume 24
Issue 8
Pages 1285-1304
Keywords Geography, Planning and Development, Cultural Studies
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