1st Edition

Disaster's Impact on Livelihood and Cultural Survival Losses, Opportunities, and Mitigation

Edited By Michele Companion Copyright 2015
    354 Pages 8 Color & 26 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Many facets of disasters generate interest among scholars and practitioners. However, a vital area of disaster research is consistently underemphasized. Little is written about the immediate and long-term impacts on a community’s livelihood systems and the customs and practices of the culture affected. Disaster’s Impact on Livelihood and Cultural Survival: Losses, Opportunities, and Mitigation represents a broad forum to discuss the impacts of large-scale disaster events on communities.

    Covering disasters in 18 countries around the world, academics, policy makers, community leaders, urban planners, and emergency practitioners explore both losses and opportunities for cultural and livelihood adaptation, change, and disaster impact mitigation. In the wake of these tragedies, the contributors look at different dimensions of livelihood challenges and cultural survival. They discuss multiple forms of disasters, including drought, hurricanes, earthquakes, climate change, and technological and armed conflicts, providing a comprehensive examination of each topic and the myriad long-term impacts these disasters can have on communities.

    Some chapters focus on developing "best practices" models to enhance future event response, while others seek to assess new instruments or methodologies for better planning and assessment of disaster impacts. The concerns and strategic plans of indigenous populations are also highlighted in this volume. The inclusion of their voice and perspective, as well as the book’s broad geographical coverage, allows students, practitioners, and the general populace to explore disaster issues in a variety of contexts.

    Disaster Risk Reduction
    Cultural Aspects of Risk to Environmental Changes and Hazards: A Review of Perspectives
    Frank Thomalla, Rebecca Smith, and E. Lisa F. Schipper
    Disaster Risk Governance in Ecosystem-Dependent Livelihoods Exposed to Multiple Natural Hazards in Uganda
    Yazidhi Bamutaze
    Gender Considerations for Disaster Management Practices
    Judith P. Weshinskey-Price
    Post-Disaster Impacts of Resettlement and Implications for Rebuilding
    Disaster Resettlement Organizations and the Culture of Cooperative Labor in the Ecuadorian Andes
    A.J. Faas
    Taking the High Ground: The Impact of Public Policy on Rebuilding Neighborhoods in Coastal Japan after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
    Alyne Elizabeth Delaney
    Creating Community after Disaster: Norm Formation in Post-Hurricane Mitch Resettlements in Honduras
    Ryan Alaniz
    Culture as a Long-Term Coping Mechanism for Resettlement Trauma: French Pied-Noir Associations and Post-Algerian War Displacement
    Victoria M. Phaneuf and Kacy L. Hollenback
    Livelihood Rehabilitation and Adaptation
    Precious Water: The Impact of Drought on Farming Communities in Southwest Kansas
    Elke Weesjes, with photographs by Tiffany Hagler-Geard
    Examining Social Resilience: Post-Tsunami Livelihood Rehabilitation and Its Impacts on Households and Communities in Kamphuan, Ranong, Thailand
    Dawn M. Kotowicz
    Livelihood Losses, Recovery, and Opportunities for Cultural Revitalization: Experience from the 2008 Wenchuan
    Earthquake in China
    Ziqiang Han, Zhanlong Ba, and Ruiping Xin
    Peace Building and Livelihood Restoration in Human-Made Disaster: A Case from Gujarat, India
    Subhasis Bhadra
    Pathways to Economic Livelihood Recovery: A Study of Tsunami-Affected Communities in Tamil Nadu, India
    Elizabeth Jordan and Amy Javernick-Will
    Marketing and Material Goods: The Impact of Disaster Responders on Livelihood Strategies
    Michèle Companion
    Indigenous Voices
    The Social Impact of Typhoon Bopha on Indigenous Communities, Livelihoods, and Conflict in Mindanao
    Tom Bamforth
    Sociocultural Survival in the Face of Looming Disaster: The Gitga’at First Nation’s Opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Project
    Duane A. Gill and Liesel A. Ritchie
    of Natural and Human-Caused Disasters in the Context of Sea Level Rise: Coastal Louisiana Communities at the Edge
    Shirley Laska, Kristina Peterson, Crystlyn Rodrigue, Tia Cosse’, Rosina Philippe, Olivia Burchett, and Richard Krajeski
    Above the Rising Tide: Coastal Louisiana’s Tribes Apply Local Strategies and Knowledge to Adapt to Rapid Environmental Change
    Julie Koppel Maldonado, Albert P. Naquin, Theresa Dardar, Shirell Parfait-Dardar, and Kelly Bagwell
    Community-Based Elements of Recovery
    The Emergency Community: A Grassroots Model for Post-Disaster Redevelopment
    Robert Owen Gardner
    Lifestyle Practices and Cultural Survival after the L’Aquila Earthquake (Italy, 2009): A New Adaptive Challenge between Smart City and Resilient Landscapes
    Barbara Lucini
    Faith, Communities, and Disaster
    Pamela Jenkins
    Social Recovery in Disasters: The Cultural Resistance of Luizenses
    Victor Marchezini


    Michèle Companion is an associate professor at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She has worked extensively as a food and livelihood security consultant to international humanitarian aid organizations across Africa. Her current work in this area focuses on the expansion of food security indicators to increase local sensitivity to food crisis triggers. She has also researched Native American reservation and urban nutritional dynamics, including impacts of low-income diets on overall health and food security issues. She has been looking at cultural barriers to healthy eating among low-income urban Indian populations.