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Invented communities and social vulnerability: The local post-disaster dynamics of extreme environmental events
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Miljösociologiska sektionen)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6735-0011
2018 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 10, no 12, article id 4457Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates post-disaster dynamics at the local level, in particular how local identity and social cohesion are affected after an extreme event. A particular case is investigated: the largest forest fire in modern Swedish history, which took place in 2014. The empirical material consists of interviews with forest professionals and organizations involved with the fire or the postfire work and a postal survey to all people directly affected by the wildfire. The analysis finds that the experience of the wildfire and its social interpretation led to the invention of a particular community identity, one that strengthened the self-understanding of the community. Thus, the post-disaster dynamics are pivotal for what social practices that emerge and what local identities are invented and thus may greatly affect the capacity of a community to handle extreme events.

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MDPI AG , 2018. Vol. 10, no 12, article id 4457
Keywords [en]
Community resilience, Disasters, Extreme events, Forest fires, Invented communities, Social vulnerability
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Forest Science
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70481DOI: 10.3390/su10124457Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85057310091OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-70481DiVA, id: diva2:1268056
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2014-875
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Export Date: 4 December 2018; Article; Correspondence Address: Lidskog, R.; Environmental Sociology Section, School of Humanities, Educational and Social Sciences, Örebro UniversitySweden; email: rolf.lidskog@oru.se

Available from: 2018-12-04 Created: 2018-12-04 Last updated: 2018-12-04Bibliographically approved

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