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Social Capital and the Cultural Contexts of Disaster Recovery Outcomes in Myanmar and Taiwan

James, Helen and Paton, Douglas (2015). Social Capital and the Cultural Contexts of Disaster Recovery Outcomes in Myanmar and Taiwan. Global Change, Peace and Security,27(2):207-228.

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Title Social Capital and the Cultural Contexts of Disaster Recovery Outcomes in Myanmar and Taiwan
Author James, Helen
Paton, Douglas
Journal Name Global Change, Peace and Security
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 27
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1478-1158   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84931009891
Start Page 207
End Page 228
Total Pages 22
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Social capital and leadership are critical in mobilizing collective actions to promote community and individual recovery after a natural disaster. Transformation to a better situation post-disaster, not just returning to a previous state, reflects the growing emphasis on disaster as a catalyst for change. To facilitate transformative change, the development focus at the core of this approach emphasizes empowerment through local governments and domestic civil society organizations working in the ‘bottom up’ participatory mode to enhance the resilience of vulnerable population groups. Poverty reduction and disaster risk reduction are interlinked. However, the research literature on disasters pays least attention to socially created vulnerabilities. They are ignored because of the difficulty in developing agreement on theory, and prioritizing issues quantifying them. This article investigates the impact of the cultural contexts in Myanmar and Taiwan on disaster recovery and reconstruction plans for specific disaster events in which vulnerable population groups respond to different risk governance frameworks and suggests a foundation for developing a cross-cultural, all-hazards approach to understanding the relationship between resilience and recovery in the context of large-scale Asian disasters.
Keywords disaster recovery
transformation
social capital
cultural context
civil society
social construction of vulnerability
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14781158.2015.1030380   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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