Climatic Change

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The trouble with deficits

Commentary on: “Misperceptions of climate-change risk as barriers to climate-change adaptation: a case study from the Rewa Delta, Fiji,” Lata and Nunn (2012)
  • Elizabeth F. Hall
  • Todd SandersEmail author

In their recent paper, “Misperceptions of climate-change risk as barriers to climate-change adaptation: a case study from the Rewa Delta, Fiji,” Lata and Nunn (2012) argue that “lack of awareness” and “cultural impediments … such as short-term planning perspectives, spiritual beliefs, traditional governance structures” are barriers to climate change adaptation in Fiji’s Rewa Delta (p. 169). Understanding how vulnerable, often marginalized people can or will adapt to the future effects of climate change is a core concern of human dimensions of climate change scholars and the policy community more broadly. We thus feel obliged to point out that this paper has substantial methodological and conceptual shortcomings. These shortcomings seriously undermine the authors’ conclusion that public deficits,1 in their many manifestations in this paper, are barriers to climate change adaptation in the Rewa Delta.

We begin with the methodological shortcomings by asking: Of whom can the authors...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Ethnography, Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Toronto ScarboroughScarboroughCanada
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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