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Firescapes of disruption: An absence of insurance in landscapes of fire


Booth, K, Firescapes of disruption: An absence of insurance in landscapes of fire, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space pp. 1-20. ISSN 2514-8486 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/2514848620921859


In this paper, I critically interrogate the expectation that insurance is becoming more present through the processes of financialisation and marketisation - as up-to-date policies and/or in the hearts and minds of consumers. I draw upon interviews about house and contents insurance, with householders in the flammable landscapes of south-eastern Tasmania, Australia. The participants identify these landscapes as resilient and permanent and thus ultimately unaffected by fire. In understanding bush-living as co-constituted with fire and not purely threatened by fire, they experience a strong sense of continuance in these places. In this context, the promise of insurance emerges as contingent, and even if an up-to-date policy is present, insurance moves in and out of focus, is present and becomes absent as various human and non-human actants exert agency. Drawing on critical landscape studies in exploring these spatial contingencies, I observe insuring as landscaping practice. As well as contributing to critical insurance studies and financialisation of everyday life research, I provide a signpost for rethinking the role of insurance in disaster management and climate adaptation.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fire, financialisation, insurance, landscape, marketisation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Booth, K (Associate Professor Kate Booth)
ID Code:138783
Year Published:2020
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP170100096)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2020-04-29
Last Modified:2020-07-10

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