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Title:Reducing people's vulnerability to natural hazards communities and resilience PDF Logo
Authors:Cannon, Terry
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Research paper / UNU-WIDER 2008.34
Abstract:The concepts vulnerability, resilience and community are widely used and abused in the literature on natural hazards and disaster risk reduction. This paper seeks to bring greater rigour in their use. In particular, vulnerability must be understood as a set of socioeconomic conditions that are identifiable in relation to particular hazard risks, and therefore perform a predictive role that can assist in risk reduction. Resilience is often confused as a concept, sometimes seen as the inverse of vulnerability, and by others as an independent quality. These confusions may be especially relevant in the context of §policy for disaster risk reduction at the scale of community. Here there is often an idealized notion of community as undifferentiated and unproblematic.
Subjects:household analysis
political economy
economic development
vulnerability
resilience
community
natural hazards
disaster
JEL:Q54
ISBN:978-92-9230-080-7
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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