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Building on Borrowed Time

Subtitle: Rising Seas and Failing Infrastructure in Semarang
Author: Lukas Ley
Publication Date: 2021
Language: English
Book webpage: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/building-on-borrowed-time
Abstract: A timely ethnography of how Indonesia’s coastal dwellers inhabit the “chronic present” of a slow-motion natural disaster

Lukas Ley takes us to a place where a flood crisis has already arrived—where everyday residents are not waiting for the effects of climate change but are in fact already living with it. He shows how life in coastal Southeast Asia is defined not by the temporality of climate science but by the lived experience of tidal flooding.

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