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Living with disasters: social capital for disaster governance
Univ Sydney, Sch Geosci, Urban Geog, Camperdown, NSW 2006, Australia.
Univ Melbourne, Sch Geog, Melbourne, Vic, Australia.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, SWEDESD - The Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development. Univ Sunshine Coast, Fac Arts Business & Law, Sustainabil Advocacy, Sippy Downs, Qld, Australia;Brock Univ, Environm Sustainabil Res Ctr, St Catharines, ON, Canada.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5913-3225
Univ New South Wales, Sch Humanities & Languages, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
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2018 (English)In: Disasters. The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management, ISSN 0361-3666, E-ISSN 1467-7717, Vol. 42, no 3, p. 571-589Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper explores how social networks and bonds within and across organisations shape disaster operations and strategies. Local government disaster training exercises serve as a window through which to view these relations, and social capital' is used as an analytic for making sense of the human relations at the core of disaster management operations. These elements help to expose and substantiate the often intangible relations that compose the culture that exists, and that is shaped by preparations for disasters. The study reveals how this social capital has been generated through personal interactions, which are shared among disaster managers across different organisations and across levels' within those organisations. Recognition of these group resources' has significant implications for disaster management in which conducive social relations have become paramount. The paper concludes that socio-cultural relations, as well as a people-centred approach to preparations, appear to be effective means of readying for, and ultimately responding to, disasters.

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2018. Vol. 42, no 3, p. 571-589
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Australia, disaster governance, floods, local government, Queensland, social capital, subsidiarity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-358375DOI: 10.1111/disa.12257ISI: 000434962900009PubMedID: 29064115OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-358375DiVA, id: diva2:1243362
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