The Gendered Terrain of Disaster: Through Women's Eyes

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Elaine Pitt Enarson, Betty Morrow
Bloomsbury Academic, Jun 30, 1998 - Social Science - 275 pages
Gender is revealed as a central organizing principle in social life when the unexpected transforms daily routines, environments, and social institutions. Using specific disaster experiences from around the world, this book argues for a gendered perspective in policy, practice and research. Contributing authors challenge the image of women as hapless victim in their accounts of women who rebuilt flooded homes in Bangladesh, evacuated families from Australian bushfires, reconstructed communities after a Mexican earthquake, and mobilized women in Miami in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. From Bangladesh to Scotland, the case studies document the root causes of women's vulnerability to disaster and the central roles they play before, during and after disaster. The authors recommend strategies for policy makers and emergency practitioners to more fully engage women in disaster planning and response.

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Perspectives on Gender and Disaster
A Missing Element in Disaster Response
Social Construction of Gendered Vulnerability

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