[UCP Books]: Building Resilience: Social Capital in Post-Disaster Recovery
Emily Chamlee-Wright, Beloit College
Daniel P. Aldrich
|Publication Date: September 15, 2012||Paper $27.50 • £18.00 • ISBN-13: 978-0-226-01288-9|
|UK Publication Date: October 8, 2012||Cloth $80.00 • £51.50 • ISBN-13: 978-0-226-01287-2|
Building Resilience highlights the critical role of social capital in the ability of a community to withstand disaster and rebuild the infrastructure and ties that are at the foundation of any community. Aldrich examines the post-disaster responses of four distinct communities—Tokyo following the 1923 earthquake, Kobe after the 1995 earthquake, Tamil Nadu after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and New Orleans post-Katrina—and finds that those with robust social networks were better able to coordinate recovery. In addition to quickly disseminating information and assistance, communities with an abundance of social capital were able to minimize the migration of people and resources out of the area.
With governments increasingly overstretched and natural disasters likely to increase in frequency and intensity, an understanding of what contributes to efficient reconstruction is more important than ever. Building Resilience underscores a critical component of an effective response.
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