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Innovative Community Responses to Disaster

1st Edition

Edited by Brent D. Hales, Norman Walzer, James R. Calvin


120 pages

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Increasingly, community leaders around the world face major natural and economic disasters that require them to find ways to rebuild both physical infrastructure and the local economy. Doing this effectively requires an understanding of how various parts of the community are interconnected, as well as information as to which revitalization approaches have succeeded in the past. Community investment in recovery is essential and, in some cases, may require local leaders to rethink how it can be financed and arranged.

This book presents a conceptual framework based on the community capitals, and describes approaches that have succeeded in situations where local leaders have coordinated efforts to rebuild and revitalize local conditions. Contributions provide examples of successful approaches around the world, thus analysing potential strategies for addressing disasters of many different types in various cultural settings. In this way, the book provides insights into a variety of approaches based on applications of accepted community development theory and concepts.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Community Development.

Table of Contents

1. Community responses to disasters: a foundation for recovery Brent Hales, Norman Walzer and James Calvin

2. Moving forward in Sierra Leone: community-based factors for postconflict development Whitney McIntyre Miller

3. The road to recovery from a natural disaster: voices from the community P.A. Onstad, S.M. Danes, A.M. Hardman, P.D. Olson, M.S. Marczak, R.K. Heins, S.R. Croymans and K.A. Coffee

4. Community capitals and disaster recovery: Northwood, ND recovers from an EF 4 tornado Curtis W. Stofferahn

5. Untapped: elderly civic engagement in the rebuilding of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Brent D. Hales

6. Digging deeper: participation and non-participation in post-disaster community recovery Divya Chandrasekhar

7. Climate change, food security, and sustainable development: a study on community-based responses and adaptations in British Columbia, Canada Julie Drolet

8. Community recovery, a new value proposition for community investment James Calvin

About the Editors

Brent D. Hales is Associate Dean of Extension in the Centre for Community Vitality at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, USA. His primary area of research is the adoption innovation-based community and economic development and entrepreneurship.

Norman Walzer is Senior Research Scholar in the Centre for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA.

James R. Calvin is an Associate Professor in the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

About the Series

Community Development – Current Issues Series

The Community Development Society (CDS) in conjunction with Routledge/Taylor & Francis is pleased to present this series of volumes on current issues in community development. The series is designed to present books organized around special topics or themes, promoting exploration of timely and relevant issues impacting both community development practice and research. Building on a rich history of over 40 years of publishing the journal, Community Development, the series will provide reprints of special issues and collections from the journal. Each volume is updated with the editor’s introductory chapter, bringing together current applications around the topical theme.

Founded in 1970, the Community Development Society is a professional association serving both researchers and practitioners. CDS actively promotes the continued advancement of the practice and knowledge base of community development.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban