Mapping Vulnerability: Disasters, Development and People

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Mapping Vulnerability, is essential reading for academics, students, policymakers and practitioners in disaster studies, geography, development studies, economics, environmental studies and sociology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853839634
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Bankoff is associate professor in the School of Asian Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and research fellow in Disaster Studies, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
Georg Frerks is professor of Disaster Studies, Wageningen University, and chair of Conflict Prevention and Conflict Management at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
Dorothea Hilhorst is associate professor in Disaster Studies at Wageningen University.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
List of Contributors
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Introduction: Mapping Vulnerability 1
1 Theorizing Vulnerability in a Globalized World: A Political Ecological Perspective 10
2 The Historical Geography of Disaster: 'Vulnerability' and 'Local Knowledge' in Western Discourse 25
3 The Need for Rethinking the Concepts of Vulnerability and Risk from a Holistic Perspective: A Necessary Review and Criticism for Effective Risk Management 37
4 Complexity and Diversity: Unlocking Social Domains of Disaster Response 52
5 The Lower Lempa River Valley, El Salvador: Risk Reduction and Development Project 67
6 El Nino Events, Forecasts and Decision-making 83
7 Vulnerable Regions versus Vulnerable People: An Ethiopian Case Study 99
8 From Vulnerability to Empowerment 115
9 Progress in Analysis of Social Vulnerability and Capacity 128
10 Vulnerability Reduction: A Task for the Vulnerable People Themselves 145
11 Macro-economic Concepts of Vulnerability: Dynamics, Complexity and Public Policy 159
12 Gendering Vulnerability Analysis: Towards a More Nuanced Approach 174
13 Assessment of Capability and Vulnerability 183
Conclusion: Vulnerability Analysis as a Means of Strengthening Policy Formulation and Policy Practice 194
Notes 206
References 212
Index 233
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