Title

Social production of disasters and disaster social constructs: An exercise in disambiguation and reframing

Publication Date

10-16-2018

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Disaster Prevention and Management

Volume

27

Issue

5

DOI

10.1108/DPM-05-2018-0135

First Page

623

Last Page

635

Abstract

Purpose:
The purpose of this paper is to determine whether it is useful to tease apart the intimately related propositions of social production and social construction to guide thinking in the multidisciplinary study of disasters.
Design/methodology/approach:
The authors address our question by reviewing literature on disasters in the social sciences to disambiguate the concepts of social production and social construction.
Findings:
The authors have found that entertaining the distinction between social production and social construct can inform both thinking and action on disasters by facilitating critical exercises in reframing that facilitate dialog across difference. The authors present a series of arguments on the social production and construction of disaster and advocate putting these constructs in dialog with vulnerability frameworks of the social production of disasters.
Originality/value:
This commentary contributes to disambiguating important theoretical and practical concepts in disaster studies. The reframing approach can inform both research and more inclusive disaster management and risk reduction efforts.

Keywords

Disaster risk reduction, Disaster study, Political ecology, Social constructionism, Vulnerability

Department

Anthropology

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