Gender and Hurricane Mitch: reconstructing subjectivities after disaster

Citation:

Cupples, Julie. “Gender and Hurricane Mitch: Reconstructing Subjectivities after Disaster.” Disasters 31, no. 2 (June 1, 2007): 155–75. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7717.2007.01002.x.

Author: Julie Cupples

Abstract:

Much of the gender and disaster literature calls for more gender-sensitive disaster relief and research by focusing on the ways in which women are more vulnerable in a disaster or on their unique capabilities as community leaders or natural resource managers, which are often overlooked or underutilised in emergency management strategies. As well as seeking to overcome the (strategic) essentialism that is part of these calls and debates, this paper pays closer attention to gender identity and subjectivity as these are constructed and reworked through the disaster process to highlight the complexities and contradictions associated with women's responses to a disaster. This focus, while crucial to gaining a deeper understanding of the gendered dimensions of disaster, also complicates attempts to create more gender-sensitive frameworks for disaster response. It draws on qualitative research conducted with a number of women in the wake of Hurricane Mitch (1998) in Nicaragua.

Topics: Environment, Environmental Disasters, Gender, Women Regions: Americas, Central America Countries: Nicaragua

Year: 2007

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