Mapping Vulnerability: Disasters, Development and People

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Greg Bankoff, Georg Frerks, Dorothea Hilhorst
Routledge, 17 июн. 2013 г. - Всего страниц: 256
Raging floods, massive storms and cataclysmic earthquakes: every year up to 340 million people are affected by these and other disasters, which cause loss of life and damage to personal property, agriculture, and infrastructure. So what can be done? The key to understanding the causes of disasters and mitigating their impacts is the concept of 'vulnerability'. Mapping Vulnerability analyses 'vulnerability' as a concept central to the way we understand disasters and their magnitude and impact. Written and edited by a distinguished group of disaster scholars and practitioners, this book is a counterbalance to those technocratic approaches that limit themselves to simply looking at disasters as natural phenomena. Through the notion of vulnerability, the authors stress the importance of social processes and human-environmental interactions as causal agents in the making of disasters. They critically examine what renders communities unsafe - a condition, they argue, that depends primarily on the relative position of advantage or disadvantage that a particular group occupies within a society's social order. The book also looks at vulnerability in terms of its relationship to development and its impact on policy and people's lives, through consideration of selected case studies drawn from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Mapping Vulnerability is essential reading for academics, students, policymakers and practitioners in disaster studies, geography, development studies, economics, environmental studies and sociology.
 

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List of Figures Tables and Boxes
Dorothea Hilhorst and Greg Bankoff
ªVulnerability and ªLocal Knowledge
Unlocking Social Domains of Disaster Response
Risk Reduction and Development
El Niño Events Forecasts and Decisionmaking
An Ethiopian Case Study
From Vulnerability to Empowerment
A Task for the Vulnerable People Themselves
Dynamics Complexity and Public
Towards a More Nuanced Approach
Vulnerability Analysis as a Means of Strengthening Policy
References
Index
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Greg Bankoff is associate professor in the School of Asian Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and research fellow in Disaster Studies, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Georg Frerks is professor of Disaster Studies, Wageningen University, and chair of Conflict Prevention and Conflict Management at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Dorothea Hilhorst is associate professor in Disaster Studies at Wageningen University.

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