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Disasters and Social Resilience : A Bioecological Approach (Hardcover) (Helen J. Boon)
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This book introduces to the field of disaster studies a fresh methodology and model for examining and measuring impacts and responses to disasters. The interconnectedness of communities, organisations, governing bodies, policy and individuals, has not to date been accurately examined, or comprehensively modelled. This is vital for the assessment of a range of organisational structures and emergency responses upon community disaster resilience. Such modelling and measurement is imperative for planning policy and emergency responses and assessing individual and community vulnerability, resilience and sustainability and mitigation and adaptation to climate change impacts.
Urie Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological systems theory is widely used in psychological and developmental fields, and offers a clear theoretical lens through which to examine the degrees of influence that exist elements when disaster occurs. This theory will be outlined and illustrated through a series of chapters that will guide the reader from its theoretical underpinnings through research illustrations and applications to each level of the ecosystem, culminating in an integration chapter. The final chapter will provide policy recommendations for local and national government bodies and emergency providers to help individuals and communities prepare and withstand the effects of a range of disasters.
This book will be of great interest to scholars and students of disaster and emergency management, disaster readiness and risk reduction (DRR) and sustainability studies more generally.