International Perspectives on Gender and Disaster: Differences and Possibilities


Enarson, Elaine, and Lourdes Meyreles. 2004. “International Perspectives on Gender and Disaster: Differences and Possibilities.” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 24 (10/11): 49–93.

Authors: Elaine Enarson, Lourdes Meyreles


This article provides an introduction and assessment of the English and Spanish literatures on gender relations in disaster contexts. We analyze regional patterns of differences and similarities in women’s disaster experiences and the differing research questions raised by these patterns in the scholarly and practice-based literature. The analysis supports the claim that how gender is theorized makes a difference in public policy and practical approaches to disaster risk management. We propose new directions in the field of disaster social science and contribute a current bibliography in the emerging gender and disaster field.

Keywords: gender, gender analysis, vulnerabilities and capacities, disaster social science

Topics: Environment, Environmental Disasters, Gender, Gender Analysis, Humanitarian Assistance

Year: 2004

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