The cultural sense of disasters: Practices and singularities in the context of HIV/AIDS

Article in Edited Volumes


Publication Details

Author(s): Geiselhart K, Schlatter F, Orlowski B, Krüger F
Editor(s): Krüger, Fred; Bankoff, Greg; Cannon, Terry; Orlowski, Benedikt und Lisa Schipper
Title edited volumes: Cultures and Disasters: Understanding Cultural Framings in Disaster Risk Reduction
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Inc.
Publication year: 2015
Pages range: 123-144
ISBN: 9780415745581


Abstract


Defining a disaster is a cultural act: naming a disaster first starts with recognising societal conditions that are evaluated to be disastrous. Plainly, this can only be done in reference to values and norms. In a second stage, conditions tagged as disastrous become traced to either a hazardous event or to social circumstances and dealings that have reduced people’s resilience, rendered them vulnerable, or hampered their appropriate response to threats. It is thus intelligible that in different cultures, depending on particular perceptions and values, disasters can be substantially different things. Disaster definitions, for example, are created by organisations, institutions or individuals with regard to their own practical assignments. But, then, how can ‘a culture’ be identified, a situation be narrowed down to a ‘disaster’, and appropriate disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures be initiated?



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Geiselhart, Klaus Dr.
Institut für Geographie
Krüger, Fred Prof. Dr.
Professur für Geographie
Orlowski, Benedikt Marko
Professur für Geographie
Schlatter, Fabian
Professur für Geographie


How to cite

APA:
Geiselhart, K., Schlatter, F., Orlowski, B., & Krüger, F. (2015). The cultural sense of disasters: Practices and singularities in the context of HIV/AIDS. In Krüger, Fred; Bankoff, Greg; Cannon, Terry; Orlowski, Benedikt und Lisa Schipper (Eds.), Cultures and Disasters: Understanding Cultural Framings in Disaster Risk Reduction (pp. 123-144). Taylor and Francis Inc..

MLA:
Geiselhart, Klaus, et al. "The cultural sense of disasters: Practices and singularities in the context of HIV/AIDS." Cultures and Disasters: Understanding Cultural Framings in Disaster Risk Reduction Ed. Krüger, Fred; Bankoff, Greg; Cannon, Terry; Orlowski, Benedikt und Lisa Schipper, Taylor and Francis Inc., 2015. 123-144.

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