I will not go, I cannot go: cultural and social limitations of disaster preparedness in Asia, Africa, and Oceania

Ayeb-Karlsson, Sonja, Kniveton, Dominic, Cannon, Terry, van der Geest, Kees, Ahmed, Istiakh, Derrington, Erin M, Florano, Ebinezer and Opiyo Opoyo, Denis (2019) I will not go, I cannot go: cultural and social limitations of disaster preparedness in Asia, Africa, and Oceania. Disasters. ISSN 1467-7717

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Abstract

While much work has been invested in addressing the economic and technical basis of disaster preparedness, less effort has been directed towards understanding the cultural and social obstacles to and opportunities for disaster risk reduction. This paper presents local insights from five different national settings into the cultural and social contexts of disaster preparedness. In most cases, an early warning system was in place, but it failed to alert people to diverse environmental shocks. The research findings show that despite geographical and typological differences in these locations, the limitations of the systems were fairly similar. In Kenya, people received warnings, but from contradictory systems, whereas in the Philippines and on the island of Saipan, people did not understand the messages or take them seriously. In Bangladesh and Nepal, however, a deeper cultural and religious reasoning serves to explain disasters, and how to prevent them or find safety when they strike.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: cultural and social attitudes, decision-making, disaster risk reduction, early warning system, evacuation, immobility, loss and damage, religious beliefs, risk perception
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
School of Global Studies > Geography
Institute of Development Studies
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE170 Environmental policy
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE300 Environmental management
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology > GN406 Cultural traits, customs, and institutions
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore > GR081 Folk beliefs, superstitions, etc. (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0621 Culture
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0701 Social systems
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology
Q Science > QC Physics > QC0851 Meteorology. Climatology Including the earth's atmosphere > QC0980 Climatology and weather > QC0981.8.A-Z Special topics, A-Z > QC0981.8.C5 Climate change
Depositing User: Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2019 10:49
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2019 11:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/85934

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