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Wildfire: A social and political perspective


Fairbrother, P and Tyler, M, Wildfire: A social and political perspective, Wildfire and Power: Policy and Practice, Routledge, P Fairbrother and M Tyler (ed), New York, USA, pp. 1-16. ISBN 9781138370203 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2019 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.4324/9780429428142


Disasters are social events. A natural hazard becomes a disaster when it interferes with the lives and well-being of people and communities. How to prepare for, experience and recover from such events is a long- standing challenge and puzzle. Often, the most expedient solution is viewed as a combination of state support and regulation, and the use of technologically based practices to monitor, prepare and deal with the immediate and then ensue recovery. A corollary of this focus is that individuals and their communities require the capabilities to prepare for and address the possibility of disaster events as well as their actual occurrence and aftermath. In this seemingly rounded way, it is claimed that natural disaster can be dealt with in more or less effective and expedient ways. The problem is that these relations bring questions of power into play in stark ways, a feature that is usually overlooked in relation to disaster events. Disaster events therefore require sociological and political analysis.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:bushfire, community, wildfire, communication, power, gender
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Disaster and emergency management
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Natural hazards
Objective Field:Climatological hazards (e.g. extreme temperatures, drought and wildfires)
UTAS Author:Fairbrother, P (Professor Peter Fairbrother)
ID Code:152423
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2022-08-18
Last Modified:2022-11-30

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