From vulnerability to empowerment

Annelies Heijmans*

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Disaster response agencies increasingly use the concept of ‘vulnerability’ to analyse processes that lead to disasters and to identify responses. Because no common definition of ‘vulnerability’ exists, agencies use the concept in the way that best fits their practice – in other words, focusing on physical and economic vulnerability. In most assessments, however, the stories of the affected communities are not included.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMapping Vulnerability
Subtitle of host publicationDisasters, Development and People
EditorsG. Bankoff, G. Frerks
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781849771924
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


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