Cultures and Disasters: Understanding Cultural Framings in Disaster Risk Reduction

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Details zur Publikation

Herausgeber: Krüger F, Bankoff G, Cannon T, Orlowski B, Schipper L
Auflage: 1
Verlag: Routledge
Verlagsort: London
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2015
Titel der Reihe: Routledge Studies in Hazards, Disaster Risk and Climate Change
Band: 1
ISBN: 9780415745581
Sprache: Englisch


Why did the people of the Zambesi Delta, affected by severe flooding, return early

to their homes or even choose to not evacuate? How is the forced resettlement of

small-scale farmers living along the foothills of an active volcano in the Philippines

impacting on their day-to-day livelihood routines? Making sense of such questions

and observations is only possible by understanding how the decision making of societies

at risk is embedded in culture, and how intervention measures acknowledge, or neglect,

cultural settings. The social construction of risk is being given increasing priority in

the understanding of how people experience and prioritise hazards in their own lives

and how vulnerability can be reduced, and resilience increased, at a local level.

Cultures and Disasters adopts an interdisciplinary approach to explore the cultural

dimension of disaster with contributions from leading international experts in the field.

Section I provides a discussion of research in both theoretical and practical

considerations to better understand the importance of culture in hazards and disaster

management. Culture can be interpreted widely with many different perspectives; this

enables us to critically consider the culturally-bound nature of research itself as well

as the complexities of incorporating various interpretations into Disaster Risk

Reduction (DRR). If culture is omitted from consideration, related issues of

adaptation, coping, intervention, knowledge and power relations cannot be fully

grasped. Section II explores what aspects of culture shape resilience and how people

use culture in everyday life to establish DRR practice. It looks at what constitutes a

resilient culture and what role culture plays in a society’s decision making. It is natural

for people to seek refuge in tried and trusted methods of disaster mitigation; however,

cultural and belief systems are constantly evolving. How these coping strategies can

be introduced into DRR therefore poses a challenging question. Finally, Section III

examines the effectiveness of key scientific frameworks for understanding the role of

culture in DRR and management. DRR includes a range of norms, and breaking

these through improved cultural understanding will challenge established theoretical

and empirical frameworks.


FAU-Autorinnen und Autoren / FAU-Herausgeberinnen und Herausgeber

Krüger, Fred Prof. Dr.
Professur für Geographie
Orlowski, Benedikt Marko
Professur für Geographie


Krüger, F., Bankoff, G., Cannon, T., Orlowski, B., & Schipper, L. (Eds.) (2015). Cultures and Disasters: Understanding Cultural Framings in Disaster Risk Reduction. London: Routledge.

Krüger, Fred, et al, eds. Cultures and Disasters: Understanding Cultural Framings in Disaster Risk Reduction. London: Routledge, 2015.


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