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Constellations of Mobility and the Politics of Environment

Preliminary Considerations of the Shipbreaking Industry in Bangladesh

Deborah Breen

Although shipbreaking—the taking apart of a ship—signals the end of the useful maritime life of a vessel, the process is also the beginning of the recycling and reuse of the ship's constituent parts and materials. The process, while economically and materially useful, is also fraught with hazard, to both the environment and the laborers who undertake the breaking down of the ship. This essay examines that process in Bangladesh, one of the most significant sites for global shipbreaking. Mobility is a central theme of this examination, as the concept connects numerous aspects of the study: the shipping industry, the impact of shipbreaking on the environment; international maritime policy; and local and international responses to the industry. The essay explores the interactions that arise out of the shipbreaking industry's mobility and material and the subsequent impact on the environment and people of southern Bangladesh.

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Inside container economies

Hege Høyer Leivestad and Johanna Markkula

rise and fall in importance with the fluctuations of the global economy and the development of new technologies. The shipping industry we refer to here includes sectors such as shipbuilding, shipping of cargo and raw materials, shipbreaking, ports, and

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Trending Transfers

A Decade of New Mobility Studies through the Lens of Transmodality, Transnationalism, and Transdisciplinarity

Gijs Mom

Chittagong, Bangladesh, I visited, with Burdwan University geography professor Gopa Samanta and some students from Dhaka University, a shipbreaking site right on the beach, which came closest to my Catholic idea of hell (I must confess that this vision was