Concepts, Connections, and Disruptions

Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Authored by: Andrea Lampis

The Routledge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction Including Climate Change Adaptation

Print publication date:  April  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138924567
eBook ISBN: 9781315684260
Adobe ISBN: 9781317408659

10.4324/9781315684260.ch8

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Abstract

Not only are concepts the building blocks for understanding, relating to and guiding practical actions on the ground, they are also the product and representations of contended domains of power, political interests, and epistemic communities who are often clustered around specific policy-driven beliefs. Concepts are institutionalised and become embedded within cultural practices of individuals and organisations. They are adopted in order to illustrate and clarify scientific debates, improve policies, strengthen networks and challenge related knowledge produced by others.

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