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Understanding the Global Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Environmental Sociology)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8695-4504
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, ISSN 1944-4079, E-ISSN 1944-4079, Vol. 8, no 2, 147-167 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Disasters are a growing internation al con cern that has spurred the de velopme nt of politicalstrate gies and policies from international to local levels. T his paper analyzes how disasters areconstructed as a policy problem within the UN global strategy for disaster risk reducti on.Building on a social constructivist view of policy problems, we analyze how disasters anddisaster risks are being represented throug h the se global polic ies, while we also pay attention towhat this representation excludes and de-emphasizes. We show that the UN strategy is mostlyconcerned w ith adjustin g or adapting societies to hazards, and managing risks, rat her thanaddressin g the social processes that render people vulnerable to those hazards. The pre dominantconcern with technological and managerial solutions eclipses the need f or changes in the socia lstructures that create disaster risks. We argue t hat the understanding of disasters represented inthe UN strategy support s an emerging holistic paradigm. However, we also argue that the holismit represents is limited rather than radical. By making visible what is excluded or not properlyproblemat ized in this represent ation, we point to t he complexity of t he task and show where itslimitations lie.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2017. Vol. 8, no 2, 147-167 p.
Keyword [en]
Global policy, disaster management, problematization, HFA, SFDRR
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Political Science Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-58031DOI: 10.1002/rhc3.12110ISI: 000403313400003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85020654483OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-58031DiVA: diva2:1109173
Available from: 2017-06-13 Created: 2017-06-13 Last updated: 2017-10-13Bibliographically approved

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