Building Resilience: Social Capital in Post-Disaster Recovery

This book provides both qualitative and quantitative evidence which demonstrates that social capital is no less important than material capital as a foundation for resilience and post-disaster recovery. It finds that those communities with strong social infrastructure are better able to disseminate information, distribute physical and financial aid, and rebuild following a disaster. Chapters outline the role of social capital following a catastrophe as well as its ability to affect policy outcomes and how it can be measured, with case studies from the 1923 Tokyo Earthquake, 1995 Kobe Earthquake, 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, and 2005 Hurricane Katrina.

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