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Resilience in the Pacific and the Caribbean
The Local Construction of Disaster Risk Reduction

ISBN 9780367076283
Published October 27, 2020 by Routledge
218 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book critically examines the global diffusion and local reception of resilience through the implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programmes in Pacific and Caribbean island states.

Global efforts to strengthen local disaster resilience capacities have become a staple of international development activity in recent decades, yet the successful implementation of DRR projects designed to strengthen local resilience remains elusive. While there are pockets of success, a gap remains between global expectations and local realities. Through a critical realist study of global and local worldviews of resilience in the Pacific and Caribbean islands, this book argues that the global advocacy of DRR remains inadequate because of a failure to prioritise a person-orientated ethics in its conceptualization of disaster resilience. This regional comparison provides a valuable lens to understand the underlying social structures that makes resilience possible and the extent to which local governments, communities and persons interpret and modify their behaviour on risk when faced with the global message on resilience.

This book will be of much interest to students of resilience, risk management, development studies, and area studies.

Table of Contents


1. Theoretical Framework

2. The Future Present: A Global Worldview of Disaster Resilience

3. The Future Past: Disaster Resilience in the Pacific

4. The Present Future: Disaster Resilience in the Caribbean

5. Being Resilient

6. A Personalist Ethics of Resilience


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Simon Hollis is Associate Professor in Crisis Management and International Coordination at the Swedish Defence University.