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Disaster's Impact on Livelihood and Cultural Survival

Losses, Opportunities, and Mitigation, 1st Edition

Edited by Michele Companion

CRC Press

354 pages | 8 Color Illus. | 26 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

Layering 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


About the Editor

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief