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Invented Communities and Social Vulnerability: The Local Post-Disaster Dynamics of Extreme Environmental Events

Environmental Sociology Section, School of Humanities, Educational and Social Sciences, Örebro University, 702 81 Örebro, Sweden
Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4457; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124457
Received: 22 October 2018 / Revised: 22 November 2018 / Accepted: 24 November 2018 / Published: 27 November 2018
This paper investigates post-disaster dynamics at the local level, in particular how local identity and social cohesion are affected after an extreme event. A particular case is investigated: the largest forest fire in modern Swedish history, which took place in 2014. The empirical material consists of interviews with forest professionals and organizations involved with the fire or the post-fire work and a postal survey to all people directly affected by the wildfire. The analysis finds that the experience of the wildfire and its social interpretation led to the invention of a particular community identity, one that strengthened the self-understanding of the community. Thus, the post-disaster dynamics are pivotal for what social practices that emerge and what local identities are invented and thus may greatly affect the capacity of a community to handle extreme events. View Full-Text
Keywords: community resilience; disasters; extreme events; forest fires; invented communities; social vulnerability community resilience; disasters; extreme events; forest fires; invented communities; social vulnerability
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Lidskog, R. Invented Communities and Social Vulnerability: The Local Post-Disaster Dynamics of Extreme Environmental Events. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4457.

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