Risks and Conflicts: Local Responses to Natural Disasters (Community, Environment and Disaster Risk Management)

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Communities affected by natural disasters are often stigmatized as being passive with regard to disaster prevention, mitigation and adaptation, waiting only for government assistance in the aftermath of such events. However, many innovative community initiatives have been developed to address natural disasters, which are often characterized as 'local responses'. While scrutinizing the potential strength and comparative advantage of community-based disaster response, this book analyzes and illustrates how individuals, families and social groups in rural and urban communities perceive natural disasters, their underlying reasons and their effects on their livelihoods, and documents and analyzes the role of local responses to natural disasters and conflict. Key factors determining the degree of vulnerability and resilience of affected communities are also elicited. Several pivotal issues related to community-based disaster responses are addressed, such as the relationship between local and external knowledge in addressing disasters, the relevance of institutional and policy frameworks for community-based disaster response and the role of social capital and collective action.

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Andreas Neef - University of Auckland, New Zealand
Rajib Shaw - Kyoto University, Japan

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Editors Neef and Shaw offer this research compilation on natural disasters, their causes and possible prevention, and the social innovations they frequently inspire. The first chapter introduces the topic and discusses some of the analytic problems in disaster management research. The studies are then organized into two parts. Part I descriptively catalogs response and recovery at the local level. The relationships of social capital and community support to both individual behavior and state intervention are discussed for a number of case studies, including earthquakes, floods, and drought. Part II focuses on the application of adaptation and risk reduction strategies. Analysis of similar issues to part I, such as a revisitation of the concept of social capital, frames discussion of institutional resilience and community infrastructure built in response to disasters for the purpose of mitigating damage in the future. Distributed in North America by Turpin Distribution. --Annotation 2014 Ringgold Inc. Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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