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Disaster-Recovery Social Capital and Community Participation in Earthquake-Stricken Ya’an Areas

by Zhichao Li 1,* and Xihan Tan 2
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School of Political Science and Public Administration, East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai 201620, China
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School of Public Administration, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731, China
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Sustainability 2019, 11(4), 993; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11040993
Received: 18 December 2018 / Revised: 6 February 2019 / Accepted: 7 February 2019 / Published: 15 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Natural Disasters and Economics)
Social capital plays a significant role in post-disaster community participation and disaster recovery. This study divides social capital into three aspects: Cognition, structure, and relation, and discusses the impact of these factors on community participation in post-disaster recovery. Through data analysis, we found that a self-organized relationship villager network had a positive effect on villagers’ participation in voluntary community activities after an earthquake, while the local cadre relationship network had a negative impact. However, the latter could encourage villagers to participate in disaster-recovery activities organized by the local government. These findings indicate that the mobilization mechanism for post-disaster local-government reconstruction and community self-organization are the same, both coming through the social-acquaintance network, a type of noninstitutionalized social capital. The implication of this study suggests that local government should attach much importance to the construction and integration of social networks in earthquake-stricken areas to cultivate community social capital. View Full-Text
Keywords: social capital; community participation; disaster recovery; local government; community self-organization social capital; community participation; disaster recovery; local government; community self-organization
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Li, Z.; Tan, X. Disaster-Recovery Social Capital and Community Participation in Earthquake-Stricken Ya’an Areas. Sustainability 2019, 11, 993.

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