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Ambivalence towards discourse of disaster resilience

Ruszczyk, H.A.

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This paper investigates empirically how the international aid community (IAC)—donors and practitioners—considers and implements disaster resilience in a specific country setting, Nepal, and throughout the rest of the world. A key finding is that there is ambivalence about a concept that has become a discourse. On a global level, the IAC utilises the discourse of resilience in a cautiously positive manner as a bridging concept. On a national level, it is being used to influence the Government of Nepal, as well as serving as an operational tool of donors. The mythical resilient urban community is fashioned in the IAC's imaginary; understanding how people create communities and what type of linkages with government urban residents desire to develop their resilience strategies is missing, though, from the discussion. Disaster resilience can be viewed as another grand plan to enhance the lives of people. Yet, regrettably, an explicit focus on individuals and their communities is lost in the process.


Ruszczyk, H. (2019). Ambivalence towards discourse of disaster resilience. Disasters, 43(4), 818-839.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 7, 2018
Online Publication Date Jul 19, 2019
Publication Date Oct 31, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 7, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 24, 2019
Journal Disasters
Print ISSN 0361-3666
Electronic ISSN 1467-7717
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 4
Pages 818-839


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Advance online version © 2019 The Author(s). Disasters © Overseas Development Institute, 2019This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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