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Geopower: Reflections on the critical geography of disasters

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-67
Number of pages24
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number1
Early online date31 Jan 2016
E-pub ahead of print31 Jan 2016
Published1 Feb 2017


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This paper discusses disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the context of emerging geographical ideas about topologies and assemblages. It focuses on the role of expert advice in DRR and the resulting political and epistemological issues. The critical geography of disasters still struggles to communicate with persistent scientific technical-rational approaches to hazard assessment. Furthermore, recent studies have shown the potential for expert advice to be (mis)used for political purposes. Assemblage theory might be useful in opening up this hybrid area of research, as it allows a nuanced view of disasters and DRR that can incorporate complex human-environmental relationships and diverse knowledges.

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