Abstract

This paper explores William Connolly’s understanding of the world in The World of Becoming and The Fragility of Things empirically, through ethnography. I discuss how “becoming,” which was central to the way I envisaged re-opening the conversation on religious violence in Pakistan, has a dark side in relation to climate change in Bangladesh where the focus on adaptation without considering the consequences of adaptability may be productive of a destructive plasticity. Drawing on Connolly’s concepts of teleodynamism, self-organizing forces and fragility I posit the concept of “ensouling” as a way to mitigate the excesses of becoming within the context of Bangladesh.

Additional Information

ISSN
1092-311X
Print ISSN
2572-6633
Launched on MUSE
2015-07-14
Open Access
No
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