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Storm over San Isidro: "Civic Community" and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Nineteenth Century Philippines

Bankoff, Greg

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Abstract

Using a detailed archival account of a typhoon‐induced flood, this paper examines Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) as practised in a late nineteenth century provincial town in the Philippines. Culture is an important determinant when considering DRR for any community as the roots of its present‐day resilience as well as the causes of its vulnerabilities may lie in its history. The flood of 1887 and the account of the actions taken by the community in San Isidro challenge any assumptions about DRR in the past and hint at the origins of the vibrant civil society that is such a characteristic of Filipino society today.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 10, 2012
Print ISSN 0952-1909
Electronic ISSN 1467-6443
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 3
Pages 331-351
APA6 Citation Bankoff, G. (2012). Storm over San Isidro: "Civic Community" and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Nineteenth Century Philippines. Journal of historical sociology, 25(3), 331-351. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6443.2012.01422.x
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6443.2012.01422.x
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1467-6443.2012.01422.x
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