Women and Disasters in South Asia: Survival, security and development

1st Edition

Swarna Rajagopalan

Routledge India
Published April 20, 2016
Reference - 318 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138122086 - CAT# Y214406

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South Asia is one of the most vulnerable areas of an increasingly disaster-impacted world, with cyclones, earthquakes, floods and droughts causing several casualties and disrupting lives and livelihoods every year. Yet the impacts of disasters are not equally distributed across the peoples of the region.Women and men experience disaster differently, and their needs in the aftermath of disaster often differ. 

Bringing together perspectives from academics, emergency response specialists and development practitioners, the volume investigates to what extent and in what ways gender affects the course of post-disaster reconstruction. Conversely, it also explores in what ways gender politics may be altered by disaster and post-disaster reconstruction.

The study includes:

  • a comprehensive overview of key issues facing women and men, as gendered beings, in reconstruction and development;
  • a targeted observation of specific South Asian disaster contexts; and
  • a sustained discussion of case studies and their implications and lessons.

This book will interest scholars and researchers of disaster management, rehabilitation studies, gender, environment, ecology and sociology. It will also be useful to institutions dealing with natural and man-made disasters, non-governmental organisations and disaster recovery professionals.


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