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Interruptions: imagining an analytical otherwise for disaster studies in Latin America

Manuel Tironi (Instituto de Sociología, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile) (Centro de Investigación para la Gestion Integrada de Riesgo de Desastres, Santiago, Chile)
Katherine Campos-Knothe (Instituto de Sociología, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile) (Centro de Investigación para la Gestion Integrada de Riesgo de Desastres, Santiago, Chile)
Valentina Acuña (Instituto de Sociología, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile) (Centro de Investigación para la Gestion Integrada de Riesgo de Desastres, Santiago, Chile)
Enzo Isola (Instituto de Sociología, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile) (Centro de Investigación para la Gestion Integrada de Riesgo de Desastres, Santiago, Chile)
Cristóbal Bonelli (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) (Centro de Investigación para la Gestion Integrada de Riesgo de Desastres, Santiago, Chile)
Marcelo Gonzalez Galvez (Instituto de Sociología, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile) (Centro de Investigación para la Gestion Integrada de Riesgo de Desastres, Santiago, Chile)
Sarah Kelly (Centro de Investigación para la Gestion Integrada de Riesgo de Desastres, Santiago, Chile)
Leila Juzam (Centro de Investigación para la Gestion Integrada de Riesgo de Desastres, Santiago, Chile)
Francisco Molina (Centro de Investigación para la Gestion Integrada de Riesgo de Desastres, Santiago, Chile)
Andrés Pereira Covarrubias (Centro de Investigación para la Gestion Integrada de Riesgo de Desastres, Santiago, Chile)
Ricardo Rivas (Centro de Investigación para la Gestion Integrada de Riesgo de Desastres, Santiago, Chile)
Beltrán Undurraga (Instituto de Sociología, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile) (Centro de Investigación para la Gestion Integrada de Riesgo de Desastres, Santiago, Chile)
Sofía Valdivieso (Centro de Investigación para la Gestion Integrada de Riesgo de Desastres, Santiago, Chile)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 11 October 2021

Issue publication date: 2 June 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Based on the research, the authors identify how four key concepts in disaster studies—agency, local scale, memory and vulnerability—are interrupted, and how these interruptions offer new perspectives for doing disaster research from and for the South.

Design/methodology/approach

Meta-analysis of case studies and revision of past and current collaborations of authors with communities across Chile.

Findings

The findings suggest that agency, local scale, memory and vulnerability, as fundamental concepts for disaster risk reduction (DRR) theory and practice, need to allow for ambivalences, ironies, granularization and further materializations. The authors identify these characteristics as the conditions that emerge when doing disaster research from within the disaster itself, perhaps the critical condition of what is usually known as the South.

Originality/value

The authors contribute to a reflexive assessment of fundamental concepts for critical disaster studies. The authors offer research-based and empirically rich redefinitions of these concepts. The authors also offer a novel understanding of the political and epistemological conditions of the “South” as both a geography and a project.

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Acknowledgements

Manuel Tironi and Francisco Molina would like to acknowledge funding support from ANID/FONDECYT 1190528; Katherine Campos-Knothe from ANID BECA DOCTORADO NACIONAL 2019/21191843; Enzo Isola from ANID BECA DOCTORADO NACIONAL 2021/21210791; Sarah Kelly from ANID/FONDAP/15110017; Marcelo Gonzalez Galvez from the Center for Indigenous and Intercultural Research (CIIR), ANID/FONDAP/1511006 and ANID/FONDECYT 11180179; Cristóbal Bonelli from the European Research Council (ERC), grant 853133. All authors want to acknowledge funding support from the Research Center for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (CIGIDEN), ANID/FONDAP 15110017.

Citation

Tironi, M., Campos-Knothe, K., Acuña, V., Isola, E., Bonelli, C., Gonzalez Galvez, M., Kelly, S., Juzam, L., Molina, F., Pereira Covarrubias, A., Rivas, R., Undurraga, B. and Valdivieso, S. (2022), "Interruptions: imagining an analytical otherwise for disaster studies in Latin America", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 31 No. 3, pp. 243-259. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-03-2021-0102

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